Friday 12th May saw BBC Look North attend Rutland Hall as part of a piece on young people who have been excluded from mainstream education in Sheffield, which will air in July. They wanted to portray the good work of In2Change and the success stories of the young people who attend there.
The BBC were able to film the various vocational areas in the centre which have been set up so young people can succeed. These include the Bike Library, Gym, Boxing Ring and salon amongst many. They were also able to capture the academic work which the young people were involved in. At the time of filming the young people had just completed their relevant qualifications for this academic year, with a 100% success rate. This is a testament to the staff at In2Change, and the determination of the young people to engage with education.
On Friday 19th May Channel 5’s Maroon Productions visited Rutland Hall in order to film Operations Manager Hanif Mohammed’s transformation from a life of crime, to one of changing young people’s attitudes and perceptions through motivational speaking, presentations and educational re-engagement.
The day also involved a guest appearance by British former heavyweight professional boxer Richard Towers, who served a custodial sentence of 13 years.
Both Hanif and Richard discussed their offences, and highlighted the negative effects which crime can have on victims.
The filming will form part of the new Gangland series to be aired on Channel 5 this autumn.