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Date:- 19 March 2007

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BUDDING Stella McCartneys and Alexander McQueens are being offered the chance to have their clothing showcased at a catwalk with a difference!

HUB Festival, the UK’s largest free annual urban youth culture event, has launched a fashion competition to clothe international break dance artists at this year’s event.

The prestigious design competition is open to 14 to 25 year olds, and will be judged by a panel of professional break dance artists. They will decide on five winning designs, to be created for the annual two-day event at Otterspool Promenade on 14 July 2007 to 15 July 2007.

Councillor Warren Bradley, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said:- "HUB is nationally recognised as the leading event in urban youth culture and we are always looking at ways to improve it. This competition is a fantastic opportunity for budding designers to get a foot on the fashion ladder and showcase their work to a huge audience."

The clothes will be worn by the artists during the UK’s only outdoor International Breakdance Crew
Competition, which features crews from Martinique, last year's winners from France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Korea competing for a £2,000 prize.

Designs are be restricted to t-shirts, hooded tops or accessories (sweat bands, caps).  The HUB Festival, now in its fifth year, is organised by the Liverpool Culture Company. It celebrates a vibrant mix of urban art, music and extreme sports including skateboarding, BMX, in-line skating, break dancing and body popping. More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the high-energy festival.

Application forms for the HUB Fashion Competition are available online at

Deadline for entries is Friday 20 April 2007. Only one entry per person. Entrants under the age of 18
must have consent by parent / guardian.


ONE of the biggest noses in the North West was unveiled for Comic Relief on 16 March 2007. Manchester Airport's Concorde, on loan from British Airways, was given her very own big red nose for the fundraising event and the team at the Aviation Viewing Park at Manchester Airport, where she lives, opened the doors on the supersonic jet to raise money for Comic Relief.

Manchester Airport's Colin Harris who runs the Aviation Viewing Park and looks after the retired Concorde said:- "She's famous for her big nose so we just had to put a red nose on it! We're very keen to help raise money for this worthwhile cause."

Judo club gets belting prize

A LIVERPOOL judo club was presented with a top prize by leading Commonwealth and Olympic medalists.

The Silver Club mark award was presented to Fairfield Community Centre Judo Club by Commonwealth medalist and British Judo Association chairman, Densign White, who was joined by three time Paralympics gold medalist Simon Jackson.

It is the first Judo club in northern England to achieve such excellence and it is based on outstanding effort in areas such as training, coaching, accessible facilities, childcare protection and commitment to diversity.

Chairperson of the AYAC Judo club, Christine Anderson said:- “It is an honour to be a part of this wonderful organization as everyone from volunteers to members of the club has contributed immensely to its success.

I am so happy to see the club grow so much so quickly, what we have achieved is fantastic, we are the
first club in the whole of northern England to receive this award, and it makes me very proud.

There is a misconception about the sport, many people think it is an aggressive and forceful activity, however, Judo is a much more gentle form of martial arts that promotes well being and builds healthy spirit, mind and body.”

AYAC has been running for the past 30 years and has recently been refurbished. It caters for over 50 members from the ages of 4 to 84. Its aim is to provide easily accessible facilities for fun and leisure, helping build a healthier lifestyle for the members of the Fairfield citizens.

Many of their members, with help from highly qualified coaches, have gone on to dominate the competitive world of judo, Senior Member David Faulkner won a gold and bronze medal at the under 90s Senior Open Championship, and a lot of their younger members have also won numerous trophies and medals in National Youth Games.

Council leader Warren Bradley said:- “It’s always exciting to see community centres thrive and AYAC has achieved exceptional standards and that deserves recognition.

They have proven that judo can be practiced by anyone regardless of age, sex or ability, I would encourage more Liverpudlians to be proactive and join a sports and leisure centre, this will help us tackle the ever growing problem of obesity and heart conditions.”

AYAC is open to everyone; they run an active diversity scheme which encourages people with disabilities to take part in the sport.

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