Young people take to the airwaves at Olympic legacy radio station

Olympic legacy bosses have set up a radio station to help find the next generation of broadcasters.

Newham youngsters will be among 60 students gaining the necessary skills, qualifications and experience at the newly-formed Legacy Youth Radio.

They will be trained up at Reprezent FM 107.3FM and arts organisation A New Direction.

The students, aged between 14-25, will then produce a series of in-depth programmes, including panel debates, live shows and guest interviews on the Games and plans for the Olympic Park.

The group has already taken part in a two-day training session which included inspirational talks by the musician Goldie and paralympic swimmer Amy Marren.

Stratford student Ellis Vincent, 20, said: “During this course I have learnt how important it is for young people to be involved in the process of the Olympic legacy.

“We are the next generation and exercising our ability to come together and having our voice heard ensures that things are put in place to benefit and educate us.”

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Goldie said he had shared some of his life experiences with the participants.

He said: “This is the right place and time for these young people to seize the opportunities the Olympic Games will bring.

“The young people that I met really want to turn their lives around and make the most of being part of the Legacy Youh Radio.”

The students will also have access to Test Events and One Movement on April. They will produce programmes focusing on arts and culture, regeneration and housing and jobs and skills.

Andrew Altman, chief executive of the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), added: “We are making sure young people have a voice and feel a sense of ownership towards the park.”