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Moss Side Summer Programme for Young People

This summer Moss Side has an outreach programme and range of Activities for young people aged 8 to 25 in the local area, here at the Powerhouse as well as Hideaway, Moss Side Leisure Centre, Manchester Academy, Moss Side Adventure Playground, Alexandra Park, Trinity High School and Z-arts.

Full details can be found in the PDF document attached below

Moss Side Summer Programme PDF

Goal Attack: The Rise of Flava Netball

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Flava netball junior sessions run on Thursday evenings for girls aged 9 to 16+ at the Powerhouse. You can hear the bouncing balls, shouting and cheering of the players, and the hum of parents watching from the side-lines, chatting, as well as the occasional whistle from the court.

Flava Netball Club consists of four senior teams and a junior development squad for those aged 9 to 16+ years. The senior teams currently play in the Manchester Evening League in divisions 1, 3, 5 and 7, and the club is also represented in mixed netball competitions.

Fran Campbell Miller has been involved with Flava since its inception; originally called Moss Side Netball, the team met at the old Moss Side youth club where Fran started coaching in 1979. After the demolition of the old youth club, three different netball teams – Victoria, Elite and Moss Side Netball – came together to form Flava.

Fran has witnessed the transition from the old Moss Side youth club to the new Powerhouse building, and netball has been a huge part of that journey:

When the Powerhouse was built, they wanted to ensure the continuation of netball in the centre itself

The young people who played sport at the old youth club were also involved in the design of the new multi-purpose court, choosing colours and themes, and which is now ‘a fantastic facility’.

On Thursday evenings at the Flava junior sessions, the sports hall is bustling with activity for the whole hour, with twenty-six or so young people charging around the court; bouncing, throwing, passing and shooting, and generally appearing to have a great time.

Fran notes that the club is working with young people on the development squad to ‘get them to start playing netball, and eventually take over from the older members’. When asked what about the appeal of netball, she muses ‘netball is quite big at the moment’, and points to the junior development sessions which have had a great response from young people in the area, who ‘came forward and wanted to get involved’. Any prospective members, she adds, should simply ‘come down’ on a Thursday and see what the club is all about.

For more information about Flava netball club you can visit their website here.

‘This is me’

Kemoy Walker first started coming to the Powerhouse aged ‘around 13’ after noticing the ‘really big building’ whilst at the park: ‘What goes on there? What is that building?’. His friends told him it was a youth club, and from then he started coming to the Powerhouse, getting involved in the various activities on offer, and volunteering – ‘wow, you know, this is me’.

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For Kemoy, since its beginnings music has played a central role in the Powerhouse.

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Over the years, the Powerhouse has changed and adapted to meet different challenges…

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But, young people have always been at its heart, which Kemoy puts down to the Powerhouse ethos: the care and support that it offers young people which ensures they continue to utilise it as a place to meet, socialise, and get involved with the numerous activities and opportunities.

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