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Big party welcomes Futureversity

Published Monday, 21 June 2010

Loads of kids made a date for the launch of Enfield’s Futureversity on Saturday 12th June when the entertainment kicked off at 1pm at the Ponders End Youth Centre in South Street.

A stage was erected outside the centre for music performances and dance, and inside the marquee young people were able to try out 'Futureversity' courses and find out about the fantastic summer programme in Enfield.

This is one big party for all young people who want to enjoy a productive summer where they can be sporty or creative, where they can learn a new skill or perfect an old one.

The launch was a celebration of learning and fun and among the attractions there was be a barbeque, inflatables and a few surprises.

At Enfield's 'Futureversity' young people aged from 11 - 19 can take part in over 140 free activities organised and led by experts. At the launch young people can sign for up to three courses each and place their names on a reserve list.

There's a wealth of interesting events and projects that they can choose to do and their achievements will be rewarded with certificates and opportunities to learn more.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, cabinet member for young people, culture, leisure and Olympics, said, "We have a staggering number of activities designed for different age groups in locations in all parts of the borough.

"There is scope for sports skills, drama, fashion, design, media, IT, sports tournaments, music, literature - our 'Futureversity' is full of rich treasures which will inspire and provide summer days of enjoyment and challenge for all young people."

Activities are free and the most popular ones get fully booked early so the advice is to arrive for the launch day to find out about the uni and to book up early.

A group of 25 young people had been planning the launch day since February and they have decided all the courses for this year. Detailed plans are still being made and will include trips and visits, training courses and lots of sport and art, music and cooking.

Fran, Louisa, Sophie, Zoe and Ellis who are on the planning group, agreed that this was the best uni ever.

Zoe aged 17 said, "We asked a lot of young people about their favourite activities and this helped us plan a great programme."

Fran aged 19 and Sophie aged 19, added, "Launch day is a major day for us and this year it was mega."

A new youth club is also setting up at Oasis Hadley in Ponders End and should be ready by the summer.

At Gladys Aylward School in Edmonton there will be a football academy on the AstroTurf pitch catering for up to 80 young people. With a healthy lunch and weekly treats this is a winning formula.

Futureversity opens 26th July for six weeks. Call Clare Mulgrew on 07960 942591 for more information.

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