Sport, art and music sessions in Uphill to gauge demand for youth provision

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 August 2017

Music, art and sports are being provided for children in Uphill.

Music, art and sports are being provided for children in Uphill.

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Ultimate Frisbee, graffiti, music workshops, a roller disco and zorbing are just some of the activities being put on for young people in Uphill this month.

Uphill Village Society held a meeting in July to find out how it can provide more activities for young people.

The group is now working with the YMCA and running two sessions at St Nicholas Church hall and recreation ground to find out what activities the youngsters would like.

If a lot of people attend, the society is hoping to run similar activities and sports on a permanent basis.

Society chairman Stewart Castle said: “Uphill Village Society is keen to see if any improvement can be made to the, at present, rather limited provision that exists for young people in the village.

“Not only must we look at facilities and resources, we must also invest in young people themselves.

“We have some great youngsters in the village who have often made requests for help in providing better facilities.

“While there are some very successful youth organisations such as the scouts, little other provision now exists in Uphill for our younger residents.”

The YMCA will be putting on canvas graffiti workshops, stencilling, T-shirt designing, music sessions, multi sports, team games, a roller disco and zorbs for children aged 10-14.

The next session will be held on Thursday from 4-6pm and in St Nicholas Church hall, in Uphill Way.

Mr Castle said: “The last time we had an active youth club was 10-15 years ago and we’ve been trying to start something up in that time.

“One of the problems has always been venues and we are very pleased the church has stepped in to make the hall available.

“The village really needs this sort of group and we hope there will be sufficient interest to run it on a regular basis.

“We’re working with the YMCA to see if these are the sort of activities we would like to hold in the future.

“These taster sessions in the summer break will give an indication as to the sort of events and activities we can put on and we hope it will encourage sufficient interest.

“If it works well we will try to find a permanent base.”

There is no need to book for the sessions, people can just turn up on the day to take part in the activities.

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