Code Club and Samsung Launch Cardiff Coding Hub for Young People at City of Cardiff Council Digital Showcase, County Hall

Apr 23, 2015

Samsung and Code Club are today opening their latest coding hub in Cardiff, following successful openings in London, Manchester and Newcastle. The launch of the Code Club at City of Cardiff Council Digital Showcase will give local school children access to the necessary facilities and resources to enjoy creative lessons in coding.

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged nine to eleven. Samsung has been working with Code Club since 2013, including opening five hubs across the UK, to support the aim of reaching 5,000 clubs and 70,000 children.

Following the change of the national curriculum to Computing from ICT last September, which now incorporates coding into the course, the training, facilities and resources are more important than ever to help kick-start a digitally literate generation.

The City of Cardiff Council Digital Showcase has been chosen to be the fourth coding hub in the UK following the first opening in London at the Dragon Hall community centre in Camden, the second in Manchester’s The Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey and the third in Newcastle’s Blakelaw Neighbourhood Centre. The Hall will be equipped with Samsung laptops to run weekly coding sessions with young people and also host four dedicated training sessions a year to train Code Club volunteers. These volunteers will then go on to offer thousands more hours of free coding classes to children.

Chief Executive of the City of Cardiff Council, Paul Orders said: "The Council is committed to supporting initiatives such as the Code Club to provide valuable opportunities for our young people. I am delighted that we can launch the Cardiff Hub today in partnership with Samsung and Code Club Wales and hopefully inspire a new generation of digital pioneers"

Clare Sutcliffe, CEO of Code Club, said, “Cardiff was an obvious choice for our fourth hub with its entrepreneurial atmosphere. It’s fantastic to be holding the sessions in the City of Cardiff Council Digital Showcase, an important institution in the community, which is accessible to all schools and young people in the city and surrounding areas. In partnership with Samsung, our aim is to provide young people from all backgrounds with the opportunity to learn to code and help build the next generation of digital entrepreneurs.”

Andy Griffiths, President of Samsung Electronics UK & Ireland, said: “We’re so pleased to open a new hub in Cardiff today with our partner Code Club to teach and inspire a new generation of coders across the city. At Samsung, we’re committed to giving young people access to the resources and technology they need to become digitally literate. This is more important than ever as today’s job market evolves. Future careers, either directly within the growing technology centre or outside it, increasingly require digital fluency.”


About Samsung’s Citizenship Programmes
Samsung is committed to help close the digital divide and skills gap in the UK. Samsung Digital Classrooms in schools, charities/non-profit organisations and cultural partners provide access to the latest technology. Samsung is also providing the training and maintenance support necessary to help make the transition and integration of the new technology as smooth as possible. Samsung also offers qualifications and training in technology for young people and teachers through its Digital Academies in London and Birmingham. These initiatives will inspire young people, staff and teachers to learn and teach in new exciting ways and to help encourage young people into careers using technology.

Find out more: www.samsung.com/uk/citizenship/

Find out more about Samsung's partnership with Code Club: www.samsung.com/uk/citizenship/code-club/

About Code Club
Code Club helps volunteer programmers get into schools to run clubs that teach children to code. The clubs are free for children to attend and for schools to host. There are over 2400 clubs across the UK and over 800 schools on the waiting list. Code Club is a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2012. Its partners include Samsung, Canary Wharf Group and ARM Holdings. Code Club is supported by the Cabinet Office, NESTA, and Google.
Code Club has won a number of awards along the way - including: Talk Talk’s ‘Digital Heroes’ in 2013; the Europa’s (‘Greatest influence on society’) in 2014.

Find out more: www.codeclub.org.uk or follow @CodeClub

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 307,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion. To discover more, please visit our official website at www.samsung.com and our official blog at global.samsungtomorrow.com