Ariel sponsors a year of drama for Haywards Heath youngster

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A Haywards Heath youngster has been selected to learn singing, dance and acting for a whole year, sponsored by Ariel Drama Academy under a national scheme created by accreditation website KalliKids.

Louie Carter, aged 7, was very excited to join Ariel’s new Haywards Heath Academy which runs every Saturday afternoon at Warden Park School.

Louie is an intelligent and creative boy who enjoyed spending time at home teaching himself poetry. He also has a real interest in history, particularly World War 2.

Sometimes a little shy, Louie’s aunt Cicely put him forward for the scheme saying she hoped it would help Louie mould his creativity into building friendships and would develop his confidence.

Louie’s Mum Genevieve said: “We are absolutely delighted that Louie was selected. He has already learned dance routines and his relationships with his new friends and his confidence are blossoming, we can’t wait to see him perform in his first ever showcase!”

This is the second year KalliKids has run the Sponsored Child scheme. In 2014, 20 children benefitted. This year so far, 76 children have been selected nationally.

The children are learning a whole range of skills and activities including swimming, dancing, tennis, cooking, sewing, football or even improving their Maths and English with one-to-one tuition.

Lynne Fever, Principal of Ariel’s Haywards Heath Drama Academy is thrilled with Louie’s progress:“Louie has already created some lovely friendships within the Academy; allowing him to have the confidence to learn songs, dance routines and dramatic performances. He has also taken part in creating a 10 minute multi- discipline commemorative performance of World War 2 to open our 2015 Academy showcase, which has really tapped into his personal interests.”

KalliKids is the UK’s accreditation for children’s activities and services used and trusted by parents across the UK.

Karen Bach, founder of KalliKids decided to set up the Sponsored Child scheme to inspire young people to try something new and to give opportunities to children who may not otherwise be given the chance.

Karen Bach, Founder of KalliKids, said: “It is amazing to help inspire children and get them out there discovering their own talents and hobbies. We will follow their progress with videos, photos and blogs so everyone can see how far they have come.

“All the families will be encouraged to write about their experiences to inspire other children to try something new. You never know, we may find a new Olympic Champion through the scheme but we will definitely help them discover what they are good at, make friends and learn a skill for life.”

To meet some of the lucky 76 sponsored children this year or to follow their progress, go to

For more information on Ariel Drama Academies across Sussex, or to arrange a free trial visit or call 01444 250407.

Report contributed by Tanya Botting.