Background

Excluding the neediest young people in our country must stop. Even in good economic times we have overlooked lack of access to affordable facilities dedicated to young people. Fully accessible and quality facilities for young people only are few and far between.

There is however a solution. 3,000 young people a week visit Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC) a state-of-the-art, custom-built, modern youth facility with over 20,000 sq ft of facilities covering the widest range of sport, art and enterprise activities, open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. It is driven by a powerful combination of public, private and volunteer sector support.

Preston

Bill Holroyd, Former Chairman of BLGC and now Chairman at youth charity OnSide North West, realised that whilst other towns and cities in the country would clearly benefit from a first class facility like Bolton, without major intervention and serious support nothing would happen. Since 2008 OnSide North West has been developing Youth Zones, state-of-the-art youth facilities based on the BLGC model, across the North West.

Guy Topping, a Preston businessman has long been a supporter of BLGC and when OnSide was created he approached the charity to see how he could help drive forward his vision of having a Youth Zone in Preston.

Through this dedication and hard work from public and private sector partners, the City will now have a £6m, purpose-built facility in Preston city centre. It will be prominently positioned for accessibility and designed to make an impact on the young people of Preston and the neighbouring Lancashire districts.

The enthusiasm towards developing Preston Youth Zone has been irrepressible with the public sector, private sector and young people in Preston all working together to bring something wonderful to the City.

Lancashire County Council is fully committed to making the Youth Zone a reality and will provide £1m towards the expected building costs for the new centre and with other Public Sector partners, provide 40% of the running costs.