Activity day showcases young people’s talent

Tuesday 14th May 2013

Nearly 2000 young people descended on The Valley on Friday 10th May to take part in a wide range of free activities ranging from digital music workshops to indoor rowing.

The event, titled Young People’s Day, welcomed 10-19 year olds from across the Royal Borough to come together and celebrate the past year of the Royal Greenwich Youth Service, delivered by the Trust.

Held at Charlton Athletic Football Club, The Valley, a wide range of activities were available for young people to participate in, including a motorbike maintenance workshop, circus workshops, interactive digital arts facilities, indoor rowing, a digital music workshop, dance and music performances.

The event also welcomed MP Clive Efford, Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Deputy Mayor of Royal Greenwich Angela Cornforth.

The Valley pitch played host to a football tournament in the afternoon, which saw nearly 300 young people take part.

To round off the successful evening, young people performed a series of dance routines, followed by a spectacular fireworks display with a human Catherine wheel.

Cllr Jackie Smith, said, “This was a really positive event and it was great to witness such a high degree of enthusiasm by the young people taking part.

“As well as setting a high standard of performance in the music and dance events, young people in Royal Greenwich once again demonstrated their desire to work together in shaping events and activities that enrich their own lives and those of their friends.”

Joe Foreman, aged 17, who volunteered on the day and entered a team into the football tournament commented, “It was a pleasure volunteering at Young People’s Day, there was so much going on and the atmosphere was brilliant. The football tournament was really competitive and it was a great experience to play at The Valley.

Marc Leckie, Head of Youth and Social Inclusion at the Trust, added, ‘We were delighted with the turnout of young people for the event, it was a fitting way to celebrate the past year of the youth service. The day couldn’t have been possible without the support of our partners so a massive thanks must go to them.”

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