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Local pupils celebrate Grimsby Town's cup success through Football Chants

21 March 2008

Young people in Cleethorpes will have the chance to learn football chants from around the world this Spring to celebrate the success of Grimsby Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this season and help cheer them on for the final.

Run by Music4U - the Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone - the Football Chants project has been funded by the Arts Council of England and kicked off this week in special after-school workshops. Pupils from Middlethorpe Primary School have been sharing, composing and performing their own chants along with learning percussion instruments. The sessions are designed to be fun and extremely noisy with drums, hooters and sirens on hand to accompany their songs for the terraces.

The scheme has been timed to co-incide with the point the football season comes to a close, and is made all the more exciting now the Mariners have secured a place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley on 30th March.

Led by community musicians Mike Allan and Peter Moran, the project is aimed at pupils from Year 5 and is designed to build confidence and encourage self-expression through the composition of their own songs and chants. It is intended that the Football Chant sessions will not only be enjoyable but will also improve singing skills in the school. The project has been backed by Grimsby Town Football in the Community Officers who have been very supportive of the scheme.

The musicians are currently visiting Middlethorpe Primary School for after-school workshops. The sessions will then culminate in a performance to celebrate what the participants have achieved in school assembly on Friday 28th March, just two days before the all important final at Wembley.

Project manager Delma Tomlin, Director of Music4U added: "It is hoped that the project will interest all pupils and provide an interesting way to get involved in singing. They will have the opportunity to get actively involved and make up their own chants to sing to back Grimsby Town's superb cup run."

Similar workshops are also being run in Hull. More details are available on the Music4U website at

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Editors Notes:

This project was organised by Music4U - The Humber Region Youth Music Action Zone. Music4U is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils. The Action Zones have been instigated and funded by Youth Music and are supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire. More info is available at

Youth Music is a UK-wide charity that funds and facilitates music making for young people up to the age of 18, particularly those living in areas of social and economic need. By 2010, Youth Music aims to have reached 3 million children and young people in a UK-wide strategy to support youth music making. More info is available at