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Warrington youngsters set to perform to Royalty

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TALENTED young people from OnSide Warrington Youth Club will perform at the OnSide Youth Zones Awards to HRH Prince Harry at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

WYC members Ellie G (15) and Izzy M (16) will take to the stage alongside world-renowned artists John Newman, The Script and Ms Banks on the 17th November in front of thousands of young people from across the OnSide Youth Zone network and its supporters and will be singing ‘Fishing for Spinach’

The evening will recognise young people’s exceptional achievements from Youth Zones across the country and awards will be presented to those who have made a real difference in their community, have breakthrough talent or have overcome challenging circumstances.

The young people shortlisted for the awards have been nominated and voted for by Youth Zone members from the OnSide network, and their stories will be told throughout the evening.

HRH Prince Harry will join a short reception where he will meet young Youth Zone attendees and award nominees. His Royal Highness will then deliver a short speech before presenting the OnSide Health and Wellbeing Award.

Five nominees from WYC have been shortlisted in four awards:

• Elias K has been shortlisted for the OnSide Arts Award
• Jonah H has been shortlisted for the OnSide Sport Award
• Matthew B has been shortlisted for the Onside Believe & Achieve Award
• Luke R has been shortlisted for the OnSide Health & Wellbeing Award
• NCS Summer 2019 Group – Healthy Habits has been shortlisted for the OnSide Health & Wellbeing Award

The ceremony will also include performances from up-and-coming artist Yizzy, a 25-piece orchestra and be hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter Dev Griffin and Capital Breakfast Show host, Vick Hope.

Dave McNicholl, Chief Executive at WYC said: “We are thrilled to be part of such a dynamic network as OnSide who are providing this incredible opportunity for 100 young people from across Warrington and nearly 5,000 young people from across the country. Alongside the incredible entertainment, some of the children and young people from across the network will receive a recognition award for the contribution they make to their community, which will be completely inspiring.”

Kathryn Morley, Chief Executive at OnSide Youth Zones, said: “We’re incredibly excited to hold our first annual OnSide Awards ceremony and recognise the amazing achievements of young people from across the country.

“It will be fantastic to see members perform on the same stage as extremely successful artists and it will hopefully inspire young people to continue to follow their dreams and go on to achieve great things.

“We’re looking forward to what is going to be a remarkable evening hearing some truly inspirational stories and seeing some magnificent performances.”

The event has been organised in partnership with TBI Media, a production company that has a wealth of experience producing large scale shows for organisations including the BBC.

It’s been made possible thanks to a hugely generous donor who is passionate about supporting young people and celebrating their achievements.

OnSide Youth Zones is a national charity which has 13 state-of-the-art centres across the country and provides safe, fun and inspiring places for young people to go outside of school to have fun and grow.

With long opening hours and a huge pool of talented youth and activity workers, young people are supported to reach their full potential through a huge variety of engaging activities.

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