Step into a hot summer with the Summer Uni

Film making, performing arts, fashion or football coaching – these are some of the courses young people aged eight to 25 can take through Summer Uni Merton 2008. For the first time ever Merton Council is offering its own summer uni scheme after securing a £66,000 grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation and the London Challenge.

Part of a London-wide summer education programme, Summer Uni Merton 2008 will offer free courses to Merton youngsters, helping them make the most of their summer holidays.

Starting in July, Summer Uni Merton 2008 is already proving a success, with more than half of the places already booked. Merton’s young residents are urged to check for courses and vacancies available at

Merton Council is co-ordinating this scheme that offers 36 free different courses held in youth clubs, schools and leisure centres across the borough. Young people can choose courses available in five different categories: Arts and Music; Film, Media and Digital Arts; IT and New Media; Sports; and Study and Careers. The council is keen to encourage young people in the borough to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to develop their skills and pursue their interests whilst also meeting new people.

Councillor Debbie Shears, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Merton Council is very pleased to make this exciting scheme available for young people in the borough. It shows how we are putting the needs of our young residents first by offering fun and free activities that are designed to develop their skills and make them more employable in the future.”