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New youth club to open in Wanstead for Redbridge residents

PUBLISHED: 17:00 31 January 2018

Youth Leader Callum Alexander outside the Wanstead Youth Centre. Picture: Ken Mears.

Youth Leader Callum Alexander outside the Wanstead Youth Centre. Picture: Ken Mears.

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A new youth club is being launched in Wanstead.

The service will be run by Essex Boys and Girls Club (EBGC) and will be open to young people from Redbridge aged 10 to 25.

Thanks to a grant from the Youth Investment Fund, the EBGC will partner with Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure to deliver the project at Elmcroft Avenue.

The club will be open every Thursday, 6-8pm at Wanstead Youth Centre and will launch on February 8.

Callum Alexander, outreach officer for Redbridge said: “It is an exciting time leading up to the opening of our new youth club.

“I hope that this club will benefit many young people across Redbridge, offering them a range of activities and sports to be part of.

“I would like to think that the youth club is somewhere that young people can come and feel safe, mix with other young people, develop new skills and interests, and ultimately enjoy themselves”.

The youth club has funding to run for three years, but Callum hopes to make the project self-sustainable in the future through donations and fundraising activities.

He said he wouldn’t want to offer something to young people then take it away.

“We will work with the young people and they will shape what we do and how we do it,” he added.

“They will set the direction of activites at the club.

“Once it gets established they can also take part in activities and competitions in other boys and girls clubs including five a side football, pool and cross country competitions.”

Callum has worked with the organisation for three years and before that was a sports coach.

He said he likes working in the industry as it is great to help and watch young people “grow, develop and flourish”.

“It will be inclusive and young people with and without disabilities will be able to take part and build friendships,” he said.

“If you feel you would make a great volunteer or are interested in attending the youth club then please contact us.”

For more information call: 01245 264783 or email calluma@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org

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