September 10, 2014 News

Rio Ferdinand Foundation’s ‘Alien Touchdown: Creative Summer Bootcamp’ is a big hit with 100+ young people in Salford

photo 3The Rio Ferdinand Foundation ran its first arts-based full summer programme this year. The creative programme was well received by over 100 young people.

Throughout August 2014, RFF hosted a programme of creative short courses and outdoor activities in which young people investigated, documented and generated creative media content, themed around an imaginary alien landing in MediaCityUK.

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The young people have had an active summer too, enjoying activities such as the programme’s Parkour and Football sessions.

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photo 2(7)All of the courses and activities were designed to give young people access to new skills and industry insight, to raise aspirations and support efforts to bridge the gap between Salford’s communities and MediaCityUK.

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Many of the young people who participated will also receive a Level 1 Arts qualification in recognition of their work.

This project was made possible by the Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund.Salford University Logo

Martin, 14, said: “It was obviously a great learning opportunity and it’s given me something to do over the summer holidays. I’ve learnt how to use Adobe software and how to do Vox Pops.”

In their evaluations, 100% of young people participating said that they had fun, and 100% said that they had learnt something new.

P1300030An end-of-programme exhibition showcasing the young people’s work was held on Saturday 30th August at the University of Salford in MediaCityUK. More than 80 people attended the event. The giant alien stage puppets also made an appearance. The young people were presented with certificates in recognition of their work.

Parents and young people shared their overwhelmingly positive feedback on the summer.

Amalia, a parent whose son Tyrese, 13, attended our Animation course, said: ‘I thought it was amazing that the children got a chance to learn new skills and have fun at the same time.’

Andrew, another parent, said: ‘Great events, very well planned and ran. Our daughter Georgina really loved it!’

Gary Stannett, Rio Ferdinand Foundation CEO, said: “This programme has been a fantastic opportunity for young people to start to understand what kind of media jobs there are, to gain technical skills and qualifications, and to have their achievements celebrated by industry professionals. We are grateful to our funders Big Lottery for making this possible.”

What’s next

IMG_0608RFF have teamed up with Vinspired to design its pilot peer leadership programme: Rep It: The 100 Hour Challenge. Many of the young people engaged this summer have signed up and are looking forward to continuing their participation in this and other RFF activities.

Some of the young people who participated this summer will be volunteering for RFF in the coming weeks, initiating a new radio project in their communities of Walkden and Little Hulton.