New skills at the BBC Radio 1 Academy

�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 31st January 2013. ''BBC announce Derry as BBC One Big Weekend venue.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
�/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 31st January 2013. ''BBC announce Derry as BBC One Big Weekend venue.''Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Derry’s youth could find themselves inspired with a week of masterclasses, sessions and Q&A’s when the BBC Radio 1 Academy arrives in the city in May.

The BBC Radio 1 Academy could enable anyone aged 16-19 years-old to get hands-on with something new and pick up some life skills along the way.

The Academy will open its doors to the young people of Derry at the Nerve Centre from May 11-17, and there will be the chance to meet and network with industry professionals and inspirational individuals across a range of backgrounds like radio, television, music, business and more.

Sinn Féin Waterside Councillor Lynn Fleming has urged schools and community groups in the city to become involved in the Academy when it arrives.

“I would urge schools and local community groups in Derry to become involved in this project with Radio 1... it presents a great opportunity for young people in Derry,” she said.

It is understood that the BBC Radio 1 Academy team are already in the city recruiting young people for the Academy.

To find out more and to get details of how young people can sign up, BBC Radio 1 are hosting a series of information sessions ahead of the Academy for both professionals and volunteers working with young people.

The sessions are for adults working with young people but you might want to consider bringing along a young representative who can also spread the word to their peers. There are several adult information sessions coming up. On Monday, April 29, information sessions will be held at the Diamond Centre, Claudy from Diamond Centre, Claudy from 4 - 5pm, 5.30 - 6.30pm and 7 - 8pm.

Adults are also invited to attend information sessions on Tuesday, April 30, in the Shared Future Centre from 11am -12 noon, 1-2pm, 2.30pm – 3.30pm and 4 - 5pm.

On Wednesday, May 1, information sessions will be held at the Nerve Centre cinema from 1 - 2pm, and again from 5.30pm - 6.30pm

The last session available for adults ahead of the BBC Radio 1 Academy will take place on Thursday, May 2, at Templemore Sports Complex from 2.30pm - 3.30pm.

To register, please email your full name, organisation, contact telephone number and details of the session you would like to attend to: ross.haymes@bbc.co.uk.