Fat Boy Slim @ Myplace launching the International Citizenship Service – Fri 13.12.13


Fat Boy Slim AKA Norman Cook, one of the most creative and innovative DJs is visiting the town in December. He has kindly agreed to visit us on Friday 13th December, he is launching the “International Citizenship Service” on behalf of Coaching for hope at Myplace. Get down to here from 12.00pm ready for Fat Boy Slim to arrive from around 1pm.  Some lucky people have the opportunity to win a free signed CD.


Visit the link: http://coachingforhope.org/whos_involved.php to see a programme close to Fat Boy Slim’s heart.


Press release for Fat Boy Slim Event at Myplace….

Fatboy Slim will be setting the town alight during his performance at Middlesborough Empire on Thursday the 12th of December. However on Friday 13th December, Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, will be playing a different kind of tune. Mr Cook will be appearing at My Place, Middlesbrough’s ground-breaking centre for young people, to support an international youth volunteer scheme. Mr Cook has come out in support of Skillshare International’s Coaching for Hope programme and their youth volunteering/development opportunities.


Norman Cook is the patron of “Coaching for Hope” (CfH) a non-profit, sport for development charity. Mr Cook will be attending My Place to promote the government-funded “International Citizen Service” (ICS).  The ICS scheme offers young people aged between 18 and 25 the opportunity to volunteer for 10 weeks in Africa, Asia or Latin America, working with grass roots development organizations in the fight against global poverty.


Norman Cook visited the CfH Mali programme in 2009. He took part in a HIV awareness programme with street children aged 5 – 14 year olds. The house music star was profoundly moved by what he saw.  As a father, he was touched by the plight of the orphans and street children. When asked about the value of the project Mr Cook stated that:


“You are bringing so much joy to these kids’ lives and if after it all we make a difference to just one of them, then it will all have been worth it”


Mr Cook has been fully behind the opportunities ICS provides and supports CfH throughout the year. In a matter of weeks he will be performing in Brighton and donating all the proceeds of event to CfH. When asked to comment on ICS Mr Cook said:


“Giving anyone the opportunity to see the projects at work really puts life into perspective; I don’t think anyone can come away from that unaffected. The chance to do this and develop yourself should be grabbed with both hands”


Skillshare International’s Coaching For Hope(CfH) programme is part of the ICS consortium of delivery charities. Working primarily in southern Africa, CfH uses football as a means of empowering and education vulnerable young people. Targeting some of the most disadvantaged young people in the region, CfH has had resounding success in educating young people on the dangers of substance misuse and HIV awareness/prevention.  The ICS scheme will allow volunteers to work on these projects learning about global poverty and themselves in the process.


The ICS scheme intends to develop not only communities overseas but the UK volunteers as well. ICS is built on the principle that volunteers will be pushed out of their comfort zone and tested, working in multinational teams and managing projects. Each volunteer is asked to fundraise for their placement and although they are supported throughout this process, it gives volunteers their first challenge and allows them to showcase their creativity and commitment to the ICS scheme.


Volunteers will gain incredible life experience and skills, returning to the UK with a better concept of the obstacles facing the developing world. After returning to the UK, the ICS scheme requires volunteers to perform an action at home; this is where volunteers must enhance their own community and so the cycle of development comes full circle.


My Place is an innovative organization that focuses on providing safe spaces for members of the local community for a range of activities. My Place helps vulnerable young people, providing emotional and educational support. The Coaching for Hope ICS scheme aims to target these individuals in the UK and offer them the opportunity to volunteer overseas.


By focusing on sport for development CfH is in a unique position to appeal to sections of society that are not traditionally interested in volunteering overseas. The ICS scheme is not skills based and so is available to anyone regardless of education or qualifications. On average the voluntary sector struggles to recruit young men who are not in main stream education or employment, particularly from the north of the UK, the launch at My Place aims to help address this by raising the profile of the ICS scheme in the area.


The ICS scheme is a real social leveler and allows young people from all walks of life to help develop communities, fight poverty and improve themselves. Working on programmes such as CfH, that make such a difference to vulnerable people, volunteers would find it difficult to return from ICS without having changed. All applications to ICS are done online at www.skillshare.org/skillshare_ics

Event Details:


1:00 pm

There will be a short presentation about the ICS programme. Norman Cook will then hand out 10 signed CDs to winners of our competition. Norman will then be available for comment.


For further details please contact: 


Gordon McConnell – Marketing & Communications on 07966007774



Additional Informaiton.




The International Citizen Service.


Funded by the Department for International Development and first piloted in 2011 ICS is contracted to 8 different delivery organizations (Including Skillshare International) and is due to run until 2015.

ICS is innovative and exciting initiative, funded by the UK government, provides UK citizens aged 18-25 with opportunities to volunteer in developing countries around the world.

ICS operate in 26 different countries and have sent over 2390 volunteers on placement.

ICS aims to send 14,000 volunteers on project in the next 2 years.

Places for teamleaders are available, they must be over 23 years old (no upper age limits apply) and placement lengths rage from 3-6 months.

Volunteer placements last 10 weeks, each volunteer is asked to fundraise a minimum of £800. There are 4 Scheduled departure dates throughout the year, departing in July, October, January and April.

Applications are done online @ www.voluteerics.org.


Skillshare International.


Skillshare International  has recently joined a consortium of UK-based international development and volunteering organisations to deliver the youth volunteering programme, ‘International Citizen Service’Volunteers with Skillshare International will be placed with our Coaching for Hope projects in South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho, which are based around the ‘sport for development’ model. Coaching for Hope has been an expert in this field since 2005.




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