Emma‚Äôs Trust would like to hold a festival of sport and performing arts on Saturday 12 September 2009. Being a rural area there are few opportunities for young people to attend large-scale events and we believe this opportunity for young people plays an important part of their personal development.
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Working with a group of young people from Chipping Norton School, we would like to develop a Youth Events Team (YET) who take responsibility for every aspect of the event, from marketing to programming and d√©cor to stalls. They will shadow professional event staff, and work with a youth worker from the school to guide them. Through working with the YET we hope the event will engage with more young people from around the area and encourage them to feel more ownership for the event. This idea has been discussed with Oxfordshire County Council and draws on the experience gained from previous, hugely successful Emma's Trust Festivals. The day will be a family fun day, with a minimal entry charge on the door. Workshops will be held in craft and arts, and the introduction of a tea dance to the main tent, accompanied by the Chipping Norton All Stars. Again the Youth Events Team will be involved in the planning of the day, with a particular focus on sports activity. Through working with the Sports Leaders an area of the site will be dedicated to games and competitions, we would like to see if we could get a sporting hero along to help promote this area.
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