Award-win­ning youth club to close

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AN award-win­ning youth club has an­nounced it is to close.

i-Macc Youth Club, which is based at the Fer­main cen­tre on Ox­ford Road, Macclesfield, was set up three years ago by vol­un­teers to give chil­dren some­thing to do.

De­spite up to 75 chil­dren com­ing through its doors ev­ery week the club has strug­gled with fund­ing and vol­un­teers.

Doubt have also been raised over how it would co-ex­ist on the same site as the forth­com­ing free school at the Fer­main Cen­tre. Its last ses­sion will be Mon­day, June 8.

An­thony Allen, pic­tured, is the brain­child be­hind the ven­ture which won the Com­mu­nity Award at the Macclesfield and Wilm­slow Busi­ness Awards. He said the de­ci­sion to fold had come with a heavy heart.

He said: “The three pri­mary el­e­ments - space, money, peo­ple - which are needed to keep any youth club go­ing are all un­der se­vere pres­sure at i-Macc so the time is right to make this hard de­ci­sion. We should be proud of ev­ery­thing we did for the young peo­ple of Macclesfield. We cre­ated a beau­ti­ful thing, achiev­ing lev­els of suc­cess we never dreamed pos­si­ble. But some­times you have to ac­cept a sit­u­a­tion is un­ten­able, you deal with it and you move on.”

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