A group of young Sanctuary Housing residents from Hackney took a trip behind the scenes as they paid a visit to the Sky Academy Skills Studios.
Thanks to a partnership between Sanctuary, Leyton Orient Trust and StreetGames, a national project engaging young participants in sporting activities, the youngsters joined others from the capital to become Sky television presenters for the day.
What is the Sky Academy Skills Studios?
Sky Academy Skills Studios is an interactive learning experience taking young people behind the scenes at Sky, where they can use state-of-the-art technology to create their own TV news reports.
The tour also included watching a live broadcast of Sky Sports News, seeing first-hand how the production team work together to make a 24 hour sporting channel a success.
What is the StreetGames project?
Streetgames in Hackney aims to deliver regular sports sessions on the Morningside and Kingsmead estates for young people aged 14 to 25. Coaches from Leyton Orient engage the youngsters in exciting activities and tournaments including football, basketball and table tennis.
Jane Ashworth OBE, CEO of StreetGames, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the young people to learn more about the broadcasting industry. StreetGames projects aren’t just about sport, but about improving young people’s lives by giving them the chance to experience something new.”
Sanctuary resident and Morningside and Gascoyne Youth Club member, Kieran Hart, added: “It was a fantastic experience. It was great to see how all the people at Sky Sports work together as a team to put out live TV.”
How can I find out more?
This project was part funded by Sanctuary Group’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.