Youngsters asked to Dream the Big Dream

YOUNG people aged between nine and 14 from Portadown have been invited to take part in a national competition.

Kip McGrath Education Centre Craigavon wants youngsters to take part in the competition, called Dream a Big Dream

They want to hear from young people about their Big Dream for the future.

Whether they want to save the rainforest, fly to the moon or become a world-renowned author, the competition invites young people to write passionately about their hopes and aspirations.

Dream a Big Dream is inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and is supported by three remarkable young athletes who hope to represent Great Britain in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games - Paralympian T35 sprinter Sam Ruddock, javelin thrower, Kike Oniwinde and 100m sprinter Rachel Johncock.

Kip McGrath Education Centre, Craigavon wants to encourage as many young people from the local area to get involved.

Jill Rooney explained, “We work with amazing children everyday at the Centre and experience first hand the potential they have to do great things. Dream a Big Dream is a great opportunity for local young people to set their mind to what they want to achieve in the future.”

Over 200 Kip McGrath Education Centres are involved in the competition many of which will be hosting workshops and visits from the athletes and other inspiring figures.

A free writing workshop will be held at Kip McGrath Craigavon on Saturday, February 9, from 2 until 4pm. Children aged between nine and 14 are welcome to attend and can book a place by calling 028 3833 1705.

Entrants to the competition have a chance to win some amazing prizes including a professional bound book featuring the winning entries, £100 Amazon vouchers and a signed certificate of congratulations from the athletes.

The competition runs until February 22. The regional winners of the competition will be announced on March 8 and the national winners of the competition will be announced on March 22.