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  • Jenny Bater-Sinclair - Company Director

Jack Petchey Leader Award for tutor Alisha

Updated: Aug 8, 2022

Huge congratulations are in order for Hip Hop Pop tutor Alisha Margetson who was awarded this year's Jack Petchey Leader Award.

Jack Petchey Leader Award grant - Alisha Margetson

Alisha's report read: "Alisha is such an inspiration for the students at Hip Hop Pop of all ages. Her energy is infectious and her positivity and confidence-boosting way of teaching is beautiful to watch.⁠


Her students look up to her immensely and are inspired by her 'coolness' and always want to impress her in her sessions.⁠

She always gets the best out of every student in classes and rehearsals, students are always keen to hear her feedback and to know that she is going to be teaching them.⁠

Alisha continues to bring creativity to the group in every session, giving all ages and levels of students her absolute best.⁠

She is very much loved here at Hip Hop Pop by the students and team and deserves recognition for her input to the student’s progression in skills and confidence."

As a Leader Award winner, we were able to apply for a Jack Petchey Grant, seeking financial support to provide Hip Hop Pop members with an activity that would be accessible for all young people.

Who is Jack Petchey, did you say?

If you're new to Hip Hop Pop, let us mention before you read on, that the Jack Petchey Foundation has supported Hip Hop Pop for over 10 years, and we are continually grateful for how they encourage and support the young people within the group.

*Sir Jack Petchey set up the Jack Petchey Foundation to inspire young people across London and Essex to work hard and reach their full potential.

Sir Jack is an incredible inspiration to everyone who works at the Foundation. At 94, not only does he come to the office every day, but he does so with positivity and determination to work hard. He was born into a working class family in the East End in 1925, left school at 13 and then joined the Navy in 1943. After leaving the Navy, he began working as a clerk for a solicitor’s firm. He applied for management training but was told he would never make a businessman.

Sir Jack always says: "If you think you can, you can!"

Instead of giving up, Sir Jack used the £39 he was given from the Navy to buy a second-hand car and started a taxi business. Through hard work, he proved them wrong and built a multi-million-pound empire.

Sir Jack’s experiences led to his passion to increase young people's aspirations by rewarding their achievements. In 2016Sir Jack received his knighthood in recognition of his many years of charitable work.

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Jenny - Bater-Sinclair

Director - Hip Hop Pop

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