Our story

About N-Gage

Formed in January 2007

N-Gage was formed by Christie Spurling MBE to help young people at risk of societal or educational exclusion. 

Our first youth vehicle

We’d always dreamed about getting a youth vehicle and in July 2012, we were able to make it happen!

Our N-Gage vehicle has since been used by hundreds of people. 

Catalyst Youth Centre Opened

Our Catalyst Youth Centre in Burnage was opened in May 2016 after a £40,000.00 refurbishment project. 

Community cafe opened

In September 2019, we opened the doors to our very own N-Gage community cafe within the youth centre. A fantastic space open to all

Christie's first book is published

In 2015 Christie wrote and self-published a book of his life story, entitled ‘Facing My Past, Unlocking the Future.’

A meeting with David Cameron

In 2016 Christie met David Cameron at an event in the Northwest. He sent Mr Cameron a copy of his book and subsequently was invited to 10 Downing Street to attend a reception for Black History Month.

Christie awarded an MBE

In November 2019, Christie was awarded his MBE for services to young people in Greater Manchester by Her Royal Majesty The Queen


2008 – Chief Constable’s award – Greater Manchester Police – presented by Sir Peter Fahy.

2009 – Be Proud Award – from Manchester City Council.

2016 – High Sheriff Award – Greater Manchester.

2021 – Christie was awarded the inaugural Marcus Rashford Children’s Champion award at The Pride of Manchester Awards 2021.