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Edition No. 107

Date:- 12 July 2003

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THE award winning Liverpool Splash kicked off this week with a massive free concert.

SIX weeks of holiday fun got off to a flying start with the city's hot new talent putting on the show of the summer!

Colin Hilton, head of Lifelong Learning at the City Council, said:- "The launch is a great opportunity to show off what Liverpool Splash has to offer youngsters. We are expecting a massive turnout."

The evening concert showcased fresh new bands like Casini, Lo-Vision, rappers Timber Trouble, and girl-band Bitchuman - as well as solo artists Helen, Dave Robinson, and Leanne White. They were all performing to a
full-house of 4,500 local youngsters in the Summer Pops Big Top at Kings Dock. Before the main event took place, a rock n' roll show took center stage as children were taken back in time by the Backbeat Beatles who took to the stage to entertain youngsters. The afternoon concert was guaranteed to have children dancing in the aisles, in a perfect warm up for the night's entertainment, and that happened.

With over 10,000 children enjoying every day of the summer this year with Liverpool Splash it is going to be the biggest and best yet. There is a staggering range of exciting activities - and it's a great boost for youngsters, giving them more confidence, social and educational skills that includes:- go-karting, DJing, paintballing, horse riding, film making, circus performing, kickboxing, break dancing, stunt acting, puppeteering, sea fishing, climbing, and bowling. 

Executive Member for Education, Councillor Paul Clein said:- "Liverpool Splash is a brilliant opportunity for young people to have a great time and gain new skills all at once. It is the most successful scheme in the country, and is set to get even better." 

Christy Mutch, Connexions Project Co-Ordinator for Liverpool said:- "There's so much to do most young people will need a holiday after we've finished with them, but Liverpool Splash is not just for the summer - it is an all-year-round project, giving youngsters a challenge at weekends and after school." 

The project is open to all 8 - 19 year olds in the city. Older teenagers taking part will be encouraged to take up employment training and further education courses. 

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