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Former England and Liverpool player John Barnes has graced the recording studio once again in order to support our young people here in Wirral!

Following his previous off-the-field success with New Order’s ‘World in Motion’ hit from 1990, Youth Zone Ambassador, John, has lent his lyrical skills to a rap that will promote The Hive Youth Zone.

The rap, which was written by and features young people from the Wirral, was recorded in the music studio facility at Wigan Youth Zone – a similar facility we will have here in Wirral.

John Barnes, who played for Liverpool from 1987 to 1997 and was capped for England 79 times, said: “I was fortunate enough to be fully focussed on football when I was growing up and avoided many of the negative influences, challenges and pressures that affect young people today.

“I’m supporting The Hive Youth Zone as it will give young people a safe place to go where they can socialise and spend their time on productive, creative and healthy activities.

“Taking part in the rap has brought back some great memories and will hopefully help raise awareness of this important project.

“I’ve lived in Wirral for over 30 years and it’s important to me that I give something back to the Merseyside area, as the people here have supported me throughout my career.”

John Barnes

Kathryn Morley, Chief Executive at OnSide Youth Zones, commented: “We’re creating a network of Youth Zones across the country and the fantastic support of influential people like John is crucial.

“For young people to see that John is backing this aspirational project and supporting their future health and success, is inspiring.

“John’s endorsement for The Hive is fantastic and it’s great to see him back in the studio!”

Stay tuned to hear the full rap which will be revealed shortly!

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