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Your Game hits Manchester Talent Week


Your Game at Manchester's Arndale Centre

Your Game matches community groups working with 16-25 year-olds to funding, training and employment opportunities. It does this through community festivals and year round support.

Your Game stormed into Manchester this week to lend support to the Talent Week pilot event at the Arndale Shopping Centre.

Talent Week is an initiative which will go live across the country in October. It's aim is to encourage young people to recognise their talents and provide pathways for further education, work experience, apprenticeships and future employment and is a partnership between Business in The Community, British Council of Shopping Centres, Department Children Schools & Families and Edge.

Singer Love Rose wowed the crowd
Singer Love Rose meets beat-boxer Bass-6 and Your Game's Terence Wallen

As well as helping people to try football commentary, boxing and dancing, Your Game were on hand with Beatbox sensation Bass-6 to entertain the crowds and accompany local vocalists including budding star Love Rose.

BBC Blast offered advice to young people interested in arts and the media and BBC North's Nicola Stead was also on hand to answer any questions about job opportunities at the BBC, "Its important to show that the BBC isn't some big institution that the average person can't get into. It's accessible and there are a lot of opportunities to gain employment here particularly with the big move to Salford Quays, so I'm here to explain to people what parts of the BBC are moving here and how they can apply for jobs here."

The next John Motson?
Local youngsters try the Your Game football commentary workshop

Other local media opportunities were showcased by Peace FM, Mediafour, Manchester College, Connexions and Futureworks.

Gaynor Farrell, BITC Campaign Manager commented, explained the idea behind the event, "Our aim is to raise the aspirations of young people and help them think about talents and how these can be developed into future careers."

Project Manager, Leesa Ingham commented, "Shopping centres are at the very heart of our communities and therefore a perfect venue to connect with young people in their leisure time, we now have over 20 shopping centres signed up for Talent Week in the October half term."

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