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Edition No. 218

Date:- 11 September 2005

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Students to score in front of 40,000

PERFORMING arts students from across Merseyside are set to score a hit in front of 40,000 football fans this weekend. The 100 youngsters will provide the pre-match and half time entertainment on the pitch at Goodison Park this Saturday, 10 September, during the game against Portsmouth.

It is part of a project called 'Move It', designed by educational services provider Pro-Excel in a unique collaboration with Aim Higher in Wirral and Liverpool. The project, which is also a partnership with the city council's Everton FC Extra Time study centre, has offered the students the opportunity to work with high profile industry professionals in dance, performing arts and media.

Having endured a gruelling audition process over 100 dancers and 30 media students were selected to take part undertaking 5 days of intensive workshops with leading choreographers and professional dancers including Fat Boy Slim backing dancer Hannah Morris and Fast Food Rocker Lucy Meggitt.

Councillor Paul Clein, executive member for children's services in Liverpool, said:- "This project is a fantastic opportunity for the students from which they will learn an awful lot. I am sure that the experience will live with them for a very long time to come and provide a great springboard for them if they want a career in the performing arts. Many thanks to Everton FC for giving the youngsters the opportunity to perform in front of thousands of people."

The students are from Alsop, Archbishop Blanch, St John Bosco, St Margaret's and Parklands secondary schools in Liverpool, and Wirral Grammar for Girls, Wallasey, Rock Ferry, Weatherhead, West Kirby Grammar, Woodchurch High, Prenton High, Park High, St Mary's College, South Wirral, Upton Hall, and Pensby Girls Schools in Wirral.

Project Organiser Liam O'Reilly said:- "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people. The chance to dance in front of so many people and in front of the idols of so many young people is absolutely fantastic."

Abigail Williams, Everton FC Extra Time Centre Manager, said:- "This is an excellent example of a successful partnership project and I wish all of the young people from Liverpool and Wirral secondary schools the best of luck with their performance."

The specially choreographed show is heavily influenced by the heritage of football and in particular Everton Football Club's illustrious history. It will feature an array of dance techniques including street dance, jazz, samba and contemporary styles. The finale of the show will see over 100 dancers form the Everton Club crest in the centre of the Goodison Park pitch.


DO NOT miss the PCG Sidecar team who are racing this week at Aintree on the 17 September 2005. Te day will be full of Motorbike racing and sidecar racing... Lots of action and you might even get to meet the teams! If you can not make that one, well on 9 Octorber 2005 at Mallory Park Race Track the PCG Team will be at their Sidecar Festival... To find out more about the team, visit:- pcgracing

Calling all poets

BUDDING poets should put pen to paper for Warrington Central Library and Museum's poetry event as they could be in with a chance of reciting their work in public. Poets can take their inspiration from the theme for the event, 'What are your dreams for Warrington in the future', there is no word limit and entries should be submitted to Wendy at the library by Friday 30 September.

There will then be a chance for poets to read their work in public as staff have organised an open mic session for National Poetry Day on Thursday 6 October in the Golden Square Shopping Centre, which will be compered by Manchester poet Mike Garry, between 12noon and 2pm.

Poets can showcase their own work or read out their favourites and fans who just enjoy listening are welcome to come along. Original poems could also be published on the library's website and could find themselves on poetry displays in libraries throughout Warrington.

Entries can be submitted to Wendy Molyneux at the Warrington Central Library and Museum, Museum Street, Warrington and for more information ring Wendy on 01925 442732.

Creator of Liverpool's Klondyke Estate arts event nominated for national award

LIVERPOOL’S Clare Brown, 22, is in line to win a prestigious Whitbread Young Achiever Award for developing innovative art workshops and events for residents of the Klondyke Estate in Liverpool. The Klondyke Estate is undergoing large-scale regeneration with residents having to be re-housed elsewhere. Clare used her skill as an artist to involve the community and give it a voice during an uncertain and unsettling period. She ran drop in sessions for residents to express their feelings through art projects and used their work to influence her own.

The Whitbread Young Achievers Awards recognise and reward the achievements of 16 to 25 year olds who have actively engaged in volunteering projects across 4 categories, arts, community, environment and sport, during the past 12 months. Now in the final 40 and one of only 10 remaining in the Arts category, Clare has her sights firmly set on the first prize of £2000 in cash, £250 in leisure vouchers and a package of 'money can't buy' opportunities. The money, along with a 12-month follow-on support programme, is given by Whitbread to allow the winners to further develop their projects.

The individually tailored 'money can't buy' opportunities are designed to help the winners grow their ideas and realise their ambitions. Last year's winners were given the opportunity to produce a BBC radio programme, to spend a day shadowing a government minister or to work alongside a national newspaper journalist for a day.

Clare says:- "The residents of the Klondyke area really have had very little power over the decisions made regarding their homes. They haven't had a say about whether they will be re-housed close to their neighbourhoods of up to 60 years or whether they will even receive a house on the same estate. Against this background I was able to galvanise the community and give them inspiration to be creative and positive."

The short list for the final 12 entries in this year's Whitbread Young Achiever Awards will be announced on 9 September 2005.

The winners and runners-up will be announced at a celebration event in London, hosted by TV presenter June Sarpong, on 23 November 2005.

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