‘Roadie school’ Cato Academy takes space in South Kirkby, Wakefield

‘Roadie school’ Cato Academy takes space in South Kirkby, Wakefield

A facility that aims to help the next generation of 'roadies' learn their trade and become live events industry professionals has taken space in South Kirkby Wakefield

Cato Academy has agreed a deal for space at Onward Holdings' Langthwaite Business Park site in South Kirkby, near Wakefield.

In partnership with Production Park's Backstage Academy, Cato Academy is dedicated to training the next generation of support crews and technicians for events such as Glastonbury and Reading festivals for years to come.

Its South Kirkby teaching facilities include a lecture theatre and a sound studio, along with a number of smaller teaching rooms and offices. It also has access to two rehearsal studios at nearby Production Park.

Cato Academy founder Glen Rowe said: "The South Kirkby site is centrally located within the UK, which means we can attract students from all over the country. We expect to see growth in student numbers this year.