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Rapper SwiftKnight opens New Southgate Youth Club

Published Friday, 03 December 2010

“An inspirational and motivating night” – that was the verdict given by young people who saw up-and-coming rapper SwiftKnight, live on stage when he officially opened Enfield Council’s New Southgate Youth Club on Friday night.

SwiftKnight, who was recently nominated for a Spirit of London Award, played tracks from his forthcoming album Demolition Man which is a fusion of soul, pop and urban sounds.

The New Southgate Youth Club has been set up in response to feedback from local residents as part of the New Southgate Masterplan consultation which said that more facilities for young people were needed in the local area.

The youth club for those aged 13-19, runs every Friday night from 6.30pm-9.30pm at St Paul's Parish Church Hall, High Road New Southgate N11. A mobile DJ unit will be onsite for the next few Fridays to give young people the opportunity to mix their own tracks.

Cllr Bambos Charalambous, Cabinet Member for Young People and Culture, Leisure, Sport and the Olympics said, "This club is an exciting opportunity for young people living in this area to find new interests and work with our youth workers. I wish everyone involved in it a success and to all young people here tonight I say you are the key to the club's future for generations to come."

After his set, SwiftKnight chatted to the young people and told them about meeting the Prime Minister at a recent visit Number 10. Swift said, "I'm delighted to be here tonight, the Council is aware of the dangers facing young people today and wants to create a safe environment for young people to come enjoy themselves every Friday night. Thank you for coming here this evening and promoting a positive attitude."

Father Mark McAulay, vicar of St Paul's Parish Church, said, "The Council is to be commended for encouraging such a positive event, I hope the youth club continues to grow."

Doni aged 17 said, "It was really good to see some celebrities live on stage here in New Southgate. Normally we only see them on TV. It helps to motivate us and shows us that there are some good role models out there who can inspire us to achieve."

Anthony also aged 17 said, "It's quite inspiring to see people like SwiftKnight taking time out of their life and giving back to the community. I'm going to come to the new youth club regularly - it's been an inspiring night."

The youth club is looking for adult volunteers to help run it on a Friday night.

If you have a few hours to spare and want to make a difference, please contact Lester Vaughan on 020 8379 3115 or e-mail lester.vaughan@enfield.gov.uk

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