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28 Apr 2017

International Dance Day 2017

To mark International Dance Day 2017, Emirates Old Trafford looks back at the impressive work of the LCCC Foundation and the fantastic dance competition held as part of its Girls without Boundaries Programme.

The project, supported by Coronation Streets Colson Smith (AKA Craig Tinker) and open to girls from Year 7 to 9, was designed to inspire disengaged young women and build their confidence through a combination of mixed martial arts and self-defence using music and dance.

Over a 6 week period the girls were introduced to a range of basic Thai-boxing and self-defence moves and then worked together as a group to incorporate these moves into their own unique dance routine.

On Monday 13th March 2017, the LCCC Foundation held their second competition based at Emirates Old Trafford. Natasha from the LCCC Foundation worked with 10 schools for this competition and each school, plus parents, guardians, family and friends were invited to attend the competition to support and watch how the young women had developed throughout their journey.

Maggie Parkinson, Events and Fundraising Manager at LCCC Foundation said: “We had over 220 attendees who really enjoyed the Girls without Boundaries competition.  The support from each school towards one another other was fantastic, even scoring each other along with the judges.  We were also lucky to have a special guest to judge the young women on the day, Colson Smith from Coronation Street, who was really keen to support the young women throughout their journey and who thought all the performances were amazing!” 

After a fun day two winners were crowned; Stretford High School won the Best Performance, and St Antony’s Catholic College won the Girls without Boundaries competition. All of the girls taking part received a medal and a certificate, St Antony’s Catholic College was also presented with a shield engraved with their school name and are being offered the opportunity to perform their routine on the pitch at a T20 cricket match.

Natasha Sweeney-Meadowcroft, Activity Leader at LCCC Foundation said: “It was a privilege working with all the schools and watching the girls’ confidence and ability grow. I want to say well done to all the girls who took for their hard work and dedication and to say thank you for everyone’s support towards the Girls without Boundaries project, including the schools, parents and pupils themselves!”