Youth Charter Legacy Debate Live at UTC@MediaCityUK
The Youth Charter held a Live Debate on the 21st October at UTC@MediaCityUK about the legacy of the Rio Olympic Games with special guest The Rt Hon John Bercow MP the event was streamed live and can be viewed here. UTC Principal Sharon Gardner announced it was hoped that this would be the first of many UTC/Youth Charter collaborations. Over 100 UTC students produced and directed the entire project. Pre-recorded video content and animation was led by Trisha Mistry, Ben Eckersall and Isaac Chohan There was a team dedicated to the filming and live-streaming on the day, co-ordinated by Year 13 student Liam Lyall. Further content was shot by UTC students filming in local primary school with children from Moorlands Juniors in Sale.
They had attended the Olympics Parade and met Olympians. Students attending a sports conference at Old Trafford interviewed key sportsmen and women at the event.
The Youth Charter is a UK based registered charity and that create and deliver a social legacy development programmes and projects globally.
Friday’s event was hosted by Geoff Thompson who handed over to speaker of the house RT Hon John Bercow to chair the debate. The special guests included Boxer Jordan Thompson and Team GB Long jumper Abigail Irozuru.
The whole 2016 Legacy Debate was be an exciting and engaging debate and discussion. Among the schools invited were from Loretto College, Darwin Academy and Moorlands Primary Schools.
After an introduction and film detailing the fine work that Charter carries out in the community, UK and globally. The panel soon began to answer debate questions from the audience and also give their opinions on sport it’s funding and the place of social media within sport.
The athletes were encouraged by the speaker, to pass on their experiences to the young audience, talking about of their own struggles in reaching success with their sports.
Speaker John Bercow praised the work done by the Charter but also stated that there was still much work to be done to build upon the legacy of team GB triumphs as it was important to draw more people in to the cause.