It’s been a busy week for Sporteducate clubs – with two clubs recently taking part in very different engagement events at Deutsche Bank.
On Friday 20th March, Mile End Community Programme (MCP) visited the bank to screen their award winning short film about the emergence of ‘Perfect Fried Chicken’ restaurants and what they mean to the young people who frequent them. The documentary was launched during the Cutting East Film Festival – the youth strand of the East End Film Festival.
The visit to the bank was particularly interesting for MCP’s budding film makers as they got the chance to meet and quiz volunteers from Deutsche Bank’s in-house audio and visual team. The unit has a wide range of responsibilities at the bank, from assisting the events team with technical support, sound systems and lighting to supporting the production of broadcast content; meaning they were well placed to offer their professional expertise, insight and career guidance to the young people.
After the film screening and discussion, MCP was given a tour of the editing suites, green-screen and auditorium, in order to fully appreciate the variety of roles available within AV at a global bank. To further increase the young people’s commercial awareness, at the end of the tour the Deutsche Bank volunteers presented the young people with an Apprentice-style challenge, giving them a mock ‘Client brief’ which they have to go away and execute as though they had been commissioned by Deutsche Bank to produce a piece of film.
Simon Domingo, Video Production Manager at Deutsche Bank said “The visit today was really important for giving these talented young people a valuable sense of what the commercial world can be like. Until this point these young filmmakers have worked on projects that are of particular interest to them. However, it’s important that they also appreciate what’s involved in realising the vision of a paying client and this exercise will give them invaluable experience. My team and I are looking forward to seeing what they can produce over the next couple of months.”
The second of the visits, on Monday 23rd March, saw the Sycamore Trust visit the bank to deliver their Autism Ambassadors presentation. The presentation is delivered by young people with autism and cleverly uses exercises in which volunteers are made to feel confused and unsafe to highlight what it can be like for autism suffers in different situations.
Autism Ambassador, Archie, 14 said: “This has been a really good visit. I’m usually nervous when speaking with strangers so this has been good practice for me. I hope I can do something like this again because I want to tell people how they can help people with Autism.”