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Young athletes to benefit from theatre fundraiser

Published Thursday, 09 March 2017

Young people from Albany Theatre have raised more than £2,000 to help fund local athletes to travel and participate in this year’s International Children’s Games.

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The theatre based on the edge of the city centre on the Butts put on a gala performance to profile local young dancers, musicians and an array of artistic talent. The event was also co-ordinated and produced by the theatre’s Young Producers – all aged between16-25.

Chairman and Chief Executive of the Albany Theatre Trust, David Meredith felt that not only would an event help in raising funds but it would also be a showcase for the Young Producers and would highlight the overall role of the theatre within the Coventry Community.

He said: “It was a great effort and highlights how the arts can make a difference in the community. It really brought young people together in arts and sport.”

The gala fundraising event raised money which will help fund a young team of Coventry athletes who will travel to Kaunas, Lithuania for the International Children's Games which will be staged between 4 and 9 of July.

The fundraising event managed to secure £2,402-81, contributing to the team’s target to raise £20,000 before July. 

Chair of Coventry’s International Children’s Games Committee, Cllr John Mutton, said: “It was a fantastic event and we are really grateful for the support of the young people associated with the Albany Theatre.” 

The International Children’s Games event is globally recognised and was created for young athletes to compete in a range of Olympic style sports events. The annual event sets out to promote peace and a healthy lifestyle.

The Albany Theatre was encouraging previous participants and the wider community to support the scheme and help this year’s young team of athletes raise their target funds.

For more information please visit http://albanytheatre.co.uk/childrens-games-gala

Anyone interesting in sponsoring this year’s athletes from Coventry can contact Cllr John Mutton at the Council House at john.mutton@coventry.gov.uk
 

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