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Raheem Sterling Foundation becomes the latest Founder Patron of HideOut Youth Zone and launches Broadcasting Academy for young people.

Social mobility charity, The Raheem Sterling Foundation is the latest organisation to commit support to Manchester’s young people by becoming a Founder Patron of HideOut Youth Zone (announced on Monday 24 October).

HideOut Youth Zone is a £6.6million state-of-the-art Youth Zone, based in Gorton, that aims to provide young Mancunians with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.

By becoming a Founder Patron of the Youth Zone, The Raheem Sterling Foundation will offer financial assistance to the charity within its foundation years.

Money donated by The Raheem Sterling Foundation will go towards supporting young Mancunians through quality youth work, helping them develop the skills they need to overcome life’s challenges, as well as develop the confidence and resilience they need to succeed.

The Raheem Sterling Foundation has also committed to supporting the Youth Zone by providing opportunities for members to help them develop important skills and self-confidence.

The Raheem Sterling Foundation is committed to improving social mobility for young people and gives the support and encouragement needed to break down barriers, secure opportunities, access better education and become better prepared for future career prospects.

To begin the new partnership, The Raheem Sterling Foundation has teamed with talkSPORT to launch the ‘Raheem Sterling’s Broadcasting Academy’ which will provide six young Mancunians (aged 14-19) skills and knowledge in recording and broadcast, as well as an insight into the range of job opportunities available in sports media.

The young people will interview Raheem himself and speak to several well-known sports personalities from talkSPORT.

Chair of Trustees from Raheem Sterling Foundation, Clive Ellington commented:

‘’We are proud to be announced as Patron of HideOut youth zone. Its vision and values supporting young people match that of the Foundation, and we look forward to working closely with them helping to educate, inspire and empower the young people of Manchester.’’

CEO of HideOut Youth Zone, Adam Farricker said:

“The partnership with The Raheem Sterling Foundation will help to transform the lives of members and our local community as we continue to develop services for young people in the area.

“The launch of Raheem Sterling’s Broadcast Academy is an incredible way to kick off this partnership. We are really excited for young people to get involved and get that hands-on experience in break into this industry”.

The Broadcast Academy will be launched in both London and Manchester and will see 12 young people; six from HideOut youth zone, Manchester and six from the Ark Elvin Academy and Young Brent Foundation in London will participate in 12 workshops to plan, produce, record and edit podcasts, with the guidance and support from the talkSPORT programming team.