Spec­tac­u­lar sum­mer for youth club

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - ALEX HIB­BERT

CHIL­DREN are cel­e­brat­ing a sum­mer of spec­tac­u­lar events hosted by their lo­cal youth club.

iMacc Youth Club has or­gan­ised a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties for its mem­bers over the last three months.

Young­sters have got up close and per­sonal with snakes, creepy crawlies and lizards with Crea­ture Fea­ture; made their own work with lo­cal graf­fiti artist TJ Dolan; were paid a visit by box­ing star Liam Han­ra­han; started pro- duc­ing their own ra­dio shows; taken part in rugby and bas­ket­ball train­ing; skated around at a rollerdisco and kicked off at a youth ‘World Cup’.

All the ini­tia­tives have been run by iMacc, which runs ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day at the Fer­main Cen­tre, off Ox­ford Street, Mac­cles­field, with each ses­sion cost­ing 50p per child.

Ant Allen, 42, started the youth club in early 2013.

He said: “It has been a fan­tas­tic sum­mer. It all kicked off with the iMacc World Cup, then we had Crea­ture Fea­ture back with their snakes and creepy-crawlies. They also bought tor­toises and pygmy hedge­hogs from Africa. The chil­dren quickly got over their ini­tial fear; think the vol­un­teers were more scared.

“We also were paid a

Ivisit by lo­cal boxer Liam Han­ra­han. He signed au­to­graphs and hosted a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion. He is a lo­cal celebrity so there was a bit of hero wor­ship go­ing on, and af­ter his talk he went in and did an in­ter­view for the iMacc ra­dio team.”

The iMacc ra­dio sta­tion was launched in May to give young­sters the chance to learn about edit­ing, pro­duc­ing and record­ing their own ra­dio shows which are broad­cast by Canal­side FM.

Fa­ther-of-three Ant added: “We have also had Mac­cles­field’s Bas­ket­ball Team and Union Rugby Club train­ing the chil­dren and held a roller-disco.

“We’ve got some great stuff com­ing up too, with cir­cus work­shops, husky sledg­ing, TJ Dolan re­turn­ing, an­other roller-disco and street and break dance work­shops.”

● Young­sters from iMacc Youth Club have tarted a ra­dio show, de­signed their own graf­fiti, met boxer Liam Han­ra­han and took part in a youth world cup

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