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Worlds best music venue is the new Youth Service patron

Monday 12th January 2015

The Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Youth Service, run by Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT), is pleased to announce that the The O2 is their new patron.

Running activity programmes in youth hubs across the Royal Borough since 2012, CACT aims to contribute to young people’s ability to grow up in a safe and supportive environment. 

The agreement will see the world’s number one music venue support the work of CACT throughout its home borough. 

The O2 is the world’s most popular music and entertainment venue. Since opening in 2007, The O2 has been visited by more than 50 million people and picked up awards including: Venue of the Year at the Music Week Awards, Venue of the Year at the Event Awards, Venue of the Year at the AEO Awards, Pollstar International Arena of the Year (seven consecutive years), Venue Team of the Year at the Event Awards, Best New Major Concert Venue, Venue of the Year at The Event Services Association and Favourite Venue at the TPI Awards.

As part of the agreement The O2 has committed to:

  • Promote relevant and suitable opportunities for work at the venue through the youth service channels.
  • Develop in partnership with CACT a programme of work placements, work experience and careers advice for local young people.
  • Explore ways with CACT to improve sports facilities in the borough.
  • Support CACT in its annual fundraising concert currently held at Indigo at The O2.

Speaking about the partnership Rebecca Kane, General Manager of The O2 said: “We couldn’t think of a better organisation to partner with locally. Charlton Athletic Community Trust does great work for young people and it’s a natural fit for us as the home of music and entertainment in the borough. We look forward to working together with the team there, improving opportunities and making a difference in our community.”

Cllr John Fahy, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said, “The Royal Borough of Greenwich has worked hard to protect youth services despite cuts in Government funding, and our services continue to provide opportunities and enjoyment for thousands of young people each week.

“The O2 is one of Greenwich’s iconic destinations with the capacity to have a very positive influence on young people. I welcome their involvement in supporting youth activities in their host borough and look forward to a productive partnership.”

CACT Director of Youth and Inclusion Marc Leckie said, “This is fantastic news for the young people of Greenwich who can benefit from a partnership between two of the most iconic organisations in their community. I am incredibly excited at the potential opportunities this partnership will provide them, and look forward to developing the youth service further in the coming years”. 

TV/Radio presenter Dave Berry who is also the ambassador for the Youth Service attended the launch and sees huge potential in this new partnership.

“As a local lad and Charlton supporter I was honoured to be asked to be the trusts youth service ambassador a few years ago”, said Dave.

“Since then we have delivered 2 successful concerts at the indigo at the 02 and found some really great young musical talent via an X factor competition run through the Royal Boroughs Youth Service.  Now to have the 02 as our patron adds real value and I'm excited how this partnership will evolve over the coming months and we have already started discussions on opportunities for local young people”.

More details of the partnership and plans will be announced throughout early 2015.