In a spin for a better future

Dylan Norcliffe DJing at Rock Hard Studios
Dylan Norcliffe DJing at Rock Hard Studios
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THESE youngsters have been spinning themselves a better future.

Children in the Claremont area swapped the streets for decks during a Streetbeats DJing course, which aims to keep local youths out of trouble every Friday evening over the last six months.

The youngsters learnt the tricks of the trade from local DJs Chris Leahy and Ben Marshall during weekly two-hour sessions at Rock Hard Studios on Cocker Street Trading Estate, through the Creative Tuition Trust.

Dan Atkinson, charity chairman, said: “The course was set up as a crime diversion project. Cocker Street and Claremont are some of the most deprived areas. It seems to have kept a lot of kids busy on a Friday night. We had a regular turn out of around 20 to 30 kids a week and the local DJs volunteered their time for it. They really enjoyed it and it gave them something to work towards. There seemed to be a massive difference in behaviour.

“They persevered, completed the course and got a certificate. “

Jasmin Chamberlain, seven, of Rock Street, Thornton, attended the sessions with her mum and volunteer Jennifer.

She said: “I had a very good time.

“I’ve never done anything like that before, I really enjoyed it and am sad it has finished.

The course, which began in April and finished with a special ceremony at the studios where the youngsters were presented with certificates, was aimed at children aged eight to 16.

The Big Lottery stumped up £9,900 of funding for the Creative Tuition Trust, which was set up as a registered charity in December 2010, to buy PA systems and head phones.