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Boyzone Star gives Masterclass in Donaghmore

Wednesday 16th December 2009 at 12pm 0 Comments

Forty teenagers from a sporting background were given top tips on how to pursue a career in music and sport today from Boyzone star Shane Lynch.

The event was organised as part of Beam Creative Network’s ImagineAction project. Funded by the Legacy Trust UK, ImagineAction is part of Connections, the Northern Ireland programme set up to help build a cultural and sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Shane visited the group to discuss his career as a world famous pop star, a professional stock car racer, winner of The Games in 2006 and TV judge on the All Ireland Talent Show. He spoke of his many successes, the challenges he has faced and the importance of self confidence and self belief.

He said: “I am delighted to be able to lend any advice I can to such an enthusiastic group of very talented teenagers. The ImagineAction project is a fantastic opportunity for thirteen to sixteen year olds who want to excel in both sports and the arts. I look forward to keeping in close contact with all involved and have no doubt that Beam Creative Network has discovered some stars of the future.”

Marian Clark de Monreal, Legacy Trust UK Programme Co-Ordinator, also endorsed the project saying:

“As part of the Connections programme, Beam Creative Media’s latest workshop was another resounding success. Shane Lynch’s unique background in both music and sport encouraged the young people of Donaghmore to pursue their dreams and helped them with stage preparation, self confidence and lots more.. Saturday was a thoroughly exciting day which revealed to the youth of County Tyrone the never ending possibilities of achievement in music and sport.”

Beam Creative Network is one of six organizations to have received funding through Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity established to support a wide range of activities related to the London 2012 Games. Managed by the Arts Council, the £1.78million Connections programme will see a series of sports and arts linked events taking place across Northern Ireland over the course of the next three years.

ImagineAction has been granted the London 2012 Inspire mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognizes exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 Games. Francesca Canty of London 2012 attended the recent launch of ImagineAction. She said:

“The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase to the world the excellence, innovation and creativity of organizations around the whole UK. I’m delighted to say that Northern Ireland is responding really strongly to this opportunity and ImagineAction has been granted the London 2012 Inspire mark in recognition of its commitment to using the power of the Games to inspire change. “

ImagineAction continues at Beam Creative Network in Donaghmore with a series of workshops until March 2010, which is then followed by a Theatre Champions festival. It concludes in the lead up to 2012 with a brand new musical theatre piece which will be written with, and performed by, the children involved.

For further information on ImagineAction, please contact Emma at Beam Creative Network on 028 8776 9157.

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