Creative Academy finale showcases talents of young people

Thu, September 13th, 2018

Talented Liverpool youngsters perform after completing Sale Sharks Community...

Talented Liverpool youngsters perform after completing Sale Sharks Community Trust’s ‘Creative Academy’ programme

Ten young people stepped out of their comfort zones to participate in a range of performing arts, thanks to the help of Liverpool creative academy MD Productions

Community Trust and MD Productions now recruiting their next group of young people to join the programme in September

A talented group of young people from Merseyside stepped out of their comfort zone and onto the stage, as they showcased their performing skills after completing a groundbreaking creative programme run by Premiership Rugby side Sale Sharks.

The ten young people took part in the ‘Creative Academy’ programme run by the club’s charitable arm, the Sharks Community Trust, in partnership with nationally acclaimed MD Productions.

And to mark the end of the programme’s first intake, they put on a special performance, showing off their singing and dancing talents in front of an invited audience.

The first group of participants in the programme, which launched at MD’s newly refurbished Tapestry building in Liverpool in January, come from a range of challenging circumstances.

And for many, joining the programme marked the first time they had ever been in a studio let alone perform on stage.

“Every one of the young people who have taken part in the Creative Academy is a genuine inspiration to us all,” said Miguel Doforo, MD Productions Creative Director and founder of the acclaimed performing arts centre.

“What they have achieved in a relatively short space of time is amazing. Everyone comes from completely different backgrounds, they have faced their own challenges, but through this programme they have also shown incredible bravery, talent and a true appetite to succeed.”

MD Productions was established in 2001 by Miguel Doforo, after he found that his home city of Liverpool lacked the facilities to experiment and express creatively.

Since January, Miguel and his team have been working with the Sharks Community Trust team to tutor the participants – based around the Liverpool region – in a range of creative arts, including DJing, dance and filmmaking.

Community coaches have also been helping the young people learn a range of new employability skills, including qualifications in maths and English.

Sale Sharks Community Rugby coach, John Travena, added: “MD Productions is a genuine phenomenon in the arts, and Miguel and the team have been a fantastic support partner on this programme.

“They have given the young people a safe space to express themselves creatively whilst also enabling them to gain valuable insight and education to prepare them for the world of work.

“The results speak volumes and the new-found confidence many of the young people have gained after taking part in the programme really do show that.”

Sharks Community Trust and MD Productions are now on the look out for a second group of young people to join the Creative Academy in September.

If any young people are interested in taking part they can contact John Travena at

For more information on the work of Sale Sharks Community Trust, visit or call 0161 667 7518.

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