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Academy opens building in Yaxley with news of Lottery grant

The opening of a new building aiming to give a bright future to young creatives coincided with the news of a grant from the National Lottery to expand its education provision to adults.

The Young Technicians Academy in Yaxley offers training, experiences and qualifications for young people in the creative industries. 

Its new building was officially opened by Rob Facer, chairman of Barnack Estates and professional actors Annabelle Davis and Hayley Burroughs on October 1, 

The ceremony was held in the presence of Julie Spence OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, as well as other dignitaries from across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Huntingdonshire.

CEO Pino Soccio said: "We are delighted to have been awarded a grant from the National Lottery to help make our Academy more inclusive. As a community interest company, we are here for everyone. We would like to extend our thanks to the National Lottery and National Lottery players who have made this grant possible."

General manager David Carr added: "Having our own building, which includes two fully equipped classrooms and a 2,500sq ft arena space, is allowing us to develop our education and community engagement programmes."

Tthe Young Technicians Academy works with over 300 students on its schools’ programme and academy evening classes.

Details of the adult provision made possible by the grant from the National Lottery will be released in due course.