The Great Kickroo coming to Clough Hall Park this July!

A group of Year 10 students at University Academy Kidsgrove (UAK) have been working with the Stoke-on-Trent based arts programme Appetite to create a cultural event for the community of Kidsgrove.

Join the Academy and Appetite Stoke for an afternoon of circus and performance in Clough Hall Park as we present the Great Kickroo on Saturday, July 14.

The Great Kickroo is an afternoon of performance and family fun in Clough Hall Park celebrating Kidsgrove and the history of this wonderful park, brought to you by University Academy Kidsgrove students. The Great Kickroo features an exciting line-up of juggling and circus acts, circus workshops, live music and more.

As well as an exceptional line-up of live music from local talent, two former students from the Academy are also set to perform at the event, which also includes: The Hairy Bartenders and Rhythm Works.

Over the past year, the students have been working with Appetite Stoke. Appetite aims to encourage more people in Stoke-on-Trent to experience and be inspired by the arts. Through the project, the group has taken part in a series of workshops, with mentors, exploring a range of skills from envisioning an event and raising funds to programming performances and learning how to market and budget.

The group have planned The Great Kickroo which was inspired by an old word for Kidsgrove and celebrates the heritage of Clough Hall Park. The students also met with local Historian, Phil Leese, who spoke about the history of Kidsgrove and the park itself which was formally known as the Paradise of Potteries in the 1800s.

Appetite’s Self Made Programme, part of the Appetite Cultural Academy, will see the organisation work with three groups of young people aged 13 to 18 living in the Newcastle borough, in the areas of Chesterton, Audley and Kidsgrove. Self-Made is an arts based programme in partnership with Newcastle Borough Council and funded by the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund. Self-Made aims to inspire young people to make things happen for themselves and make a difference to the place they live in.

Mrs Yvonne Edgerton, Student Support at UAK said: “What a brilliant opportunity for our students to be involved in the world of the arts. This project has helped our students to gain confidence and believe in themselves. They have worked so hard and given up a lot of their spare time to ensure the success of The Great Kickroo.”

Ellie Hancock, Year 10 student said: “Leading up to the event, it has been good to see everything working out so well and we are now all excited for the big day.”

Grace Norcup, Year 10 student said: “It’s been inspiring. It gives you an idea of what it would be like to work for yourself.”

Liam Hodson, Year 10 student added: “I will remember this as the Day of Summer!”

The event will take place on Saturday, July 14, 11:00am – 4:00pm at Clough Hall Park and is FREE for the whole family to attend.