Youngsters in Crewe are celebrating after scooping enough funding to keep their youth club open.
St Andrew’s Youth Project, on Bedford Street, in Crewe, has been awarded more than £6,000 from the ‘Awards for All’ lottery fund, which will help keep the facility up-and-running for the next 12 months.
The grant was jointly applied for by Gresty Community Group with support from the Cheshire East Council partnerships team. The sessions are run by Cheshire East’s play and leisure development sports team.
Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member for safer and stronger communities, said: “This is fantastic news for our young people in Crewe.
“This funding has secured a brilliant community facility, which is helping our young people to learn new skills in a safe and supportive environment.”
Dave Williams, of the Gresty Community Group, added: “Youth projects provide our young people with somewhere to go at the weekends and, more importantly, keeps them off the streets.
“We are extremely grateful to Cheshire East Council’s partnerships team for all their help and support to secure this funding.”
The free youth club takes place each Friday evening between 6.30pm and 8pm and new members, between the ages of eight and 16, are always welcome.
Activities include indoor sports such as table tennis, table football, snooker and pool. There are also computer games, Wii and Xbox.
Cheshire East Council’s play and leisure development sports team run the evening along with volunteers from the community, although more help is needed.
Natalie Mitchelmore, sports and play development officer for Cheshire East Council, said: “We would urge as many parents as possible with any spare time on their hands to help out, as we are expecting a lot more youngsters to join in the coming months.
“Keeping these young people engaged and entertained at the weekend has had a hugely beneficial impact on the surrounding community.”