Youth 'Oscars' night

April 08 2022

ELEVEN young people who attend skateboard sessions at Staple Hill's YOUF Centre have received awards.

The annual South Gloucestershire Youth Awards were celebrated at the centre in Page Road, with more than 65 young people and youth workers from across the district gathering to celebrate achievement.

The 11 from the Staple Hill, Downend and Mangotsfield area included Lacie Hobbs, Jemima Collier-King and Alice Eden, who have been attending the YOU Foundation skateboard sessions.

They were presented with awards for the new skills they have learnt, as well as putting forward the idea of running a girls-only hour to allow other girls to try the sport.

Music at the awards was provided by Staple Hill band Insurgent, made up of Alfie Stubbs, Michael McIntyre-Nash, Oscar Neville and Reuben Stowe-Masters, who played a combination of original and cover songs. The band has been using the music studio at the YOUF Centre since 2017 when they met youth workers and got involved in a music workshop in Page Park. 

The event had an Oscars theme and the YOUF Centre was given a red carpet, with award winners given statuettes.

YOUF Centre manager Rob Sharp said: "The past two years have been a difficult time for young people, as many youth centres were repeatedly unable to open due to national and local lockdowns, but the evening proved that they were able to overcome and achieve many great things."