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EVENT: Urban Games 2011 pulls in huge crowds to Whitley Bay

The 2011 Urban Games was a huge triumph and The Urban Games & Hip Hop is well and truly on the map, as the biggest event of its kind in the North of England. It was a truly amazing event and I think it has very firmly established it on the map as one of the region’s most spectacular and innovative events.

The 2011 Urban Games was a huge triumph and The Urban Games & Hip Hop is well and truly on the map, as the biggest event of its kind in the North of England. It was a truly amazing event and I think it has very firmly established it on the map as one of the region’s most spectacular and innovative events.

Over 8000 spectators attended the weekend events, 400+ at the Urban Games Experience at the Playhouse, along with over 100 volunteers helping over the weekend, 200+ competitors and performers, 20+ plus medallists (including a couple of medallists from 2010 winning medals again in the DJ and Skateboard competitions).

The Urban Games hosted the regions first ever Parkour Jam and we saw 2 world records broken by 3Sixty Stunt Cycle Team at the Games as well as a great Pro Riders Trials Bike competition on the specially constructed course on the seafront links at Whitley Bay that included Joe Oakley from Britain’s Got Talent.

Parkour team

Further triumphs for Solar Learning include being able to provide training for 11 people to be event stewards and the work of our young people's youth steering group, the Urban Games Events Team, the media team (ComMediaN) who produced a film of day 1 shown at the Whitley Bay Playhouse and all the volunteers young and old. The events, performances and competitions attract the attention but it’s the behind the scenes work that for me makes it really special, this showed all that is great about what young people can achieve within the community.

Solar Learning Managing Director, Michael Evans said: “This year’s Urban Games and Hip Hop 2011 event in North Tyneside has been a real success, with over 200 young people competing, performing and volunteering. We had huge crowds who were able to see some great competitions and performances in urban sports and arts. This is an event that young people staged for their community and we can’t wait for 2012 already!”
“And in a week when young people have been in the news for the wrong reasons, this was a weekend that showed all that is good about the young people of our region, a real example of positive social behaviour"

15th August 2011

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