Res­cued youth club go­ing from strength to strength

Wy­combe Wan­der­ers stepped in to of­fer vol­un­teers and ad­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Last spring Wy­combe Wan­der­ers Sport and Education Trust (WWSET) took over the club, which had been closed since the end of 2014 due to a lack of peo­ple com­ing for­ward to work as youth lead­ers.

It re­opened on Tues­day June 2 with the trust pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional qual­i­fied youth work­ers, help­ing with vol­un­teer sup­port and putting for­ward a pro­gramme of ac­tiv­i­ties for boys and girls of dif­fer­ent ages.

Lead­ers and chil­dren there have been singing its praises, and say it is a great thing for the com­mu­nity.

Aqeel Akram, youth leader, said the club has about 75 kids on the reg­is­ter and trips planned to places such as Thorpe Park and bowl­ing al­leys.

He said the past year has been good and the club is in­creas­ing num­bers, and the fo­cus has been on teach­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“I try not to be too strict. I want them to be lead­ers. They can come and shout and scream, get muddy and wet. This is for them.”

Mr Akram added: “It’s giv­ing them the idea that they can come and make new friends, so­cial­is­ing, re­spon­si­bil­ity, and get to know peo­ple in the area.”

He said the man­age­ment com­mit­tee want to ‘de­velop’ the club, open new nights as the club only runs on Tues­days and Thurs­days, and bring more par­ents ‘on board’.

10-year-old Blaine Hooper-Con­der, who de­scribed him­self as ‘the youngest Rod Ste­wart lover’ said: “I like it be­cause the at­ti­tude of the work­ers here are pa­tient about ev­ery­thing I think, and also the tuck shop be­cause they sell all the nice food and drinks here. They have a shed which has got pretty much ev­ery­thing in it.”

To find out more about the club or en­quire about vol­un­teer­ing, email gxyc@ gmail.com.

Bosses and young­sters at the Ger­rards Cross Youth Club have said it’s an im­por­tant thing for the com­mu­nity

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