Will the next Nathaniel Clyne please POP up…
Despite the lousy weather, there’s definitely a feel of summer around Lambeth and nowhere more so than Pop Brixton. It’s buzzing and has already breathed new life and energy into the Pope’s Rd site. Creativity, hard work and bold ambition from everyone involved has made Pop Brixton possible but ultimately its success is down to the local traders whose range of goods, food and drink coupled with great enthusiasm is a brilliant recipe. And a huge thank you to traders this week for sorting out local young people with work experience and traineeships.
Now, there’s more exciting news of a radio station and summer football training on the site. Thanks to an imaginative collaboration between Pop Brixton and Adidas the global sport brand, funding’s being provided to fit out Reprezent Radio’s new Brixton based studios. Reprezent’s already established as a unique broadcasting outlet for young people and once it’s up and running in its new home, there’ll be over 400 training opportunities for Lambeth youth wanting to learn sound engineering, music production and enterprise skills.
From August 6th, Adidas are running football workshops and training sessions, completely free and open to local people. They’re also working with Young Lambeth Coop to engage schools and sports clubs and provide kit. Lambeth has already produced a number of home grown England players – Kieron Gibbs grew up in Kennington and Nathaniel Clyne is from Stockwell. Maybe the next England star is out there waiting to be discovered.
Lambeth is a pretty sporty borough, with three brand new leisure centres and a host of classes and activities for all ages and abilities. Inside and outside, at street gyms and parks, sports and community centres, schools and clubs there’s something for everyone . You might be counting the days until the football season kicks off or are simply inspired by England’s women footballers World Cup performance but if you’ve ever fancied a go at improving your football skills, Pop Brixton’s the place to be.