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Uploaded on Aug 16, 2010
In 2009 the Arvon Foundation embarked on a new project for Under 18s that will benefit nearly 100 young people from the South and North West of England over three years.
Young people's passion for football is boundless and with help from funders, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Football Foundation, Arvon has set up a project that uses that passion for the game to ignite a life-long interest in writing and words.
During a week-long residential course at an Arvon centre, young people produced work for a football newspaper, wrote and performed a football musical and visited a local football ground to have a look round and take part in a training session.
The project has already seen some amazing results -- many of the young people have achieved higher pass marks in exams than predicted, and their positive experience at Arvon is seen as the main reason for this turnaround.