Friday, 26 July 2013

Young people become Journalists for the Leigh Games

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On Monday 1st of July, a team of twenty two young people stepped into the shoes of Leigh Journal’s press team, for the debut of ‘The Leigh Games’. The annual sporting event was organised by Andy Burnham MP and Lesley McGreebey from Wigan and Leigh NHS to promote sport for young people in the area.

The team spent two days at the Leigh Sports Village replicating the fast-paced role of a press team by interviewing organisers, participants, local sports clubs and even Paralympians. One video which focused on teamwork featured Paralympic swimmer Heather Frederiksen MBE, who won Gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

Will Ward, Senior Assistant Programme Manager at The Challenge Network spoke about the young people’s efforts. ‘Throughout the project the group acted so professionally and that really shows in the final videos and photographs that they produced.’

Leigh MP Andy Burnham, said: “I would like to thank everyone who played a part in making the first Leigh Games such a great success. Over the course of the two days, hundreds of children got the chance to take part and it was brilliant to see the smiles on their faces.”

The Challenge Network creates opportunities for young people like these to have real impact within their local communities. To read more about the Leigh Games and watch the videos produced by the young people, please click here.


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