Youth club in £40,000 cash plea

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

PREST­BURY Youth Club is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to help them raise the fi­nal funds they need for their new home.

The youth club, which be­gan at Ford House in 1982, is now op­er­at­ing from a tem­po­rary base at the vil­lage hall af­ter Ford House was closed in 2007.

It will move into a new build­ing to be con­structed on coun­cil owned land off Bollin Grove af­ter re­ceiv­ing £35,000 from the Parochial Church Coun­cil (PCC) and £29,500 from Cheshire East Coun­cil.

But more than £40,000 is still needed to com­plete the funds nec­es­sary for the work.

Youth Club chair­woman, April Green, said: “We want the com­mu­nity to feel part of the club and that they’ve helped build it.

“They helped us in 1982 and now we’re ask­ing them to step up again.”

The youth club will share the venue with the AFC Prest­bury Un­der-15s foot­ball team and will also wel­come other com­mu­nity groups.

April said: “We want it to be an in­clu­sive fa­cil­ity.

“We want a girls’ foot­ball team and for the cen­tre to be used by groups such as Age UK Cheshire and Friends for Leisure, for dis­abled peo­ple.”

April also wants young­sters to play a part in what ac­tiv­i­ties the club of­fers through the To­mor­row’s Young Lead­ers pro­gramme for 12 to 15-year-olds.

She said: “They will be given the re­mit to fund ac­tiv­i­ties in­stead of be­ing dic­tated to by adults.

“This will make them ready for the world of work.”

Ac­tiv­i­ties more ap­peal­ing to teenagers, such as Youtube video mak­ing and yoga should also be in­cluded, she said.

It is hoped the new build­ing will be ready by Septem­ber.

Do­nate at prest­buryy­outh­club.com.

Prest­bury Youth Club chair­woman April Green (left) and youth club mem­bers at the new site

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