LAT wants new youth club to get bigger and better

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 August 2014

Youngsters enjoying the youth club ideas session organsied by Knightstone and the Mead Vale LAT.

Youngsters enjoying the youth club ideas session organsied by Knightstone and the Mead Vale LAT.

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AFTER years of planning, Mead Vale youth club has finally become a reality thanks to hard-working residents.

The Mead Vale Local Action Team (LAT) has wanted a dedicated space for the children in the area for more than two years.

They wanted a spot for them to play sports, learn new skills and to get together rather than using the streets as a meeting place and playground.

The team began working with Knightstone Housing, the YMCA and Mead Vale community centre and secured the two portable buildings behind The Nightjar pub in Nightingale Court.

The buildings include playrooms, an IT space, two kitchens and a bathroom, and have green space and a playground surrounding them, which the LAT hopes will soon include a vegetable garden, grown by the children.

LAT chairman, Steve Collins, said: “It’s taken a lot of work but now it is finally up and running. We were planning this for years and now it is finally here. We feel like we have really achieved something and we want it to get bigger and better.”

Already the YMCA holds activities on Tuesday nights from 6.30-9pm, providing a space for youngsters to play games or simply sit inside and chat.

Football practise follows the next night from 4.30-5.30pm, which the LAT says has really taken off.

Steve said: “LAT member Lynn Taylor did all the painting and spent hours getting the place ready.

“I was doing different bits to sort the cabins out as so many were busy with their jobs and we knocked all the walls down in one of the cabins so there is a big space for the children.

“The kids say they love it. It’s great they have somewhere to go now and we are going to get a music and TV licence in the coming months.”

The team’s next plan is to find more volunteers and get more children involved.

LAT secretary Dave Lock said: “It would be great to see more people volunteer to help out; I think the club will build up and the YMCA feels confident about it.

“We are looking into providing space for a scrabble club and we want to know if there are any groups who want to use the cabins for a regular meeting place.

“We want to provide activities for disabled children in the area too; we have the facilities and ramps.”

If you are interested in visiting the cabins or want to set up a meeting place for your children’s club during the week contact the LAT via m.valelat@hotmail.com or call Dave on 07747 727630.

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