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November 10, 2014

Regional coding hub opens in Manchester

Samsung and Code Club partner to offer young people coding sessions.

By Ellie Burns

Samsung Electronics has announced that they will be working with Code Club to open five Hubs across the UK. This will help the company in meeting their aim to reach 5,000 clubs and 70,000 children by the end of 2015.

The second Hub in the UK will be Manchester’s The Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey, which follows the opening of the first Hub at the Dragon Hall community centre in Camden, London earlier this year.

The Hub will be equipped with Samsung laptops to run weekly coding sessions with young people, and also host four training sessions a year to train Code Club volunteers.

Laura Kirsop, Managing Director of Code Club said, "The Hubs are all situated in areas with high levels of deprivation. Samsung and Code Club are both passionate about giving young people from all backgrounds the chance to learn programming skills. We’re now living in a digital age where coding is useful in many hobbies and careers so it’s essential that access to programs like Code Club is fair. We’re delighted that the second Hub is opening in Manchester as support in the city has been fantastic."

The Chief Executive of The Factory Youth Zone, Richard Marsh, said: "This is a tremendous opportunity to enable our young people to attain and develop skills that will open up a whole new world. The Factory Youth Zone is so excited to be working in partnership with Code Club and Samsung and is keen to develop this work further."

The Factory Youth Zone Code Club will start on Monday 10th November, and will give 15 young people from the local area at a time the opportunity to learn how to create games, animations and websites.

 

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