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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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X Factor stars to perform at U Can Shine awards in Carlisle

Schoolchildren will show this week that you should excel in more than just academic studies to succeed in life.

Rough Copy photo
Rough Copy

Hundreds of pupils from four Carlisle primary schools have been invited to the second annual U Can Shine awards that will be headlined by X Factor semi-finalist singing trio Rough Copy.

More than 1,000 people are expected at Wednesday night’s event at the Sands Centre where accolades will be presented to children for attendance, attitude to learning, progress in literacy and numeracy, resilience, self motivation, communication and sporting success.

The event, compered by CFM’s Robbie Dee, is the climax to this year’s U Can Shine scheme which operates in Petteril Bank, St Margaret Mary, Upperby and Norman Street Schools. It will include performances and gymnastics displays from pupils from each of the four participating schools.

U Can Shine is a motivational scheme aimed at boosting children’s confidence and raising aspirations.

It aims to change their outlook on achievement and effort, as well as helping them to develop some of the skills employers look for later in life.

It does this through outdoor physical challenges and classroom-based exercises as well as giving children the chance to grill leading employers.

Businesses are backing Wednesday’s awards and the U Can Shine programme.

Sponsors include Flimby-based firm Thomas Armstrong, accountancy firm Dodd & Co, the News & Star and The Cumberland News, CFM, Sands Centre, Snickers Workwear and clothing company Glenbrae.

Stuart Hoyles, director at Thomas Armstrong, said: “This scheme is having a profound impact on young people’s lives and the awards evening is a fantastic celebration of their hard work and success.”

Shaun Weatherhead is the former professional footballer who founded the U Can Shine scheme.

He won the Fit for Life award at last October’s CN Group Education and Learning Awards following the introduction of the scheme in Carlisle schools.

Mr Weatherhead said: “It is a fabulous night for the children and their families.

“The nominations the judges get when they are choosing the winners are great to read, each one is a testimonial about the child from that particular school and really highlights what they get from the scheme and how it has helped them develop.”

Heads have reported recording improvements in pupil performance and attitudes since the scheme began in Carlisle.

Schools have filled their allocation of tickets and there is limited availability to general public to see Rough Copy perform at the event on Wednesday.

Tickets for the event are priced £8.50.

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