Just months away from completion, Croydon’s £6.5million Legacy Youth Zone is starting to take shape. Set to open in Selhurst this summer, Legacy Youth Zone will provide young people aged 8- 19 (and up to 25 for those with additional needs), with a safe and inspiring place to enjoy over 20 activities per night at a cost of £5 per year and only 50p per visit.
The Youth Zone will include an indoor climbing wall, 3G kick pitch, sports hall, training kitchen, martial arts studio, fully equipped gym, dance and drama studio, health and well-being room, enterprise and employability suite and much more.
Legacy Youth Zone is being delivered in partnership by OnSide Youth Zones, Croydon Council and a number of organisations and businesses including ourselves. It’s a fantastic cause that supports young people to lead healthier, happier, more aspirational lives.
The £1.4million annual running costs are supported by the charity’s family of Founder Patrons, made up of local businesses and philanthropists. The charity is seeking further support from organisations which share its aim to provide Croydon’s young people with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.
Legacy will become part of the OnSide Youth Zones network which currently welcomes over 40,000 young people per year to Youth Zones across the country in; Bolton, Carlisle, Manchester, Blackburn, Oldham, Wigan, Wolverhampton, Wirral, Chorley and Warrington.
Barnabas Shelbourne, Chief Executive of Legacy Youth Zone said: “Legacy Youth Zone will make a tremendous difference to the lives of young people and the entire community in Croydon. If you are interested in supporting young people to lead healthier, happier, more aspirational lives then please get in touch to discover ways in which we could work together.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “Legacy is already making a difference to our young people, who have been absolutely at the heart of its development, and when it opens it will many a difference to many, many, more, offering them a vast range of new opportunities, experiences, training and skills.”
For more information about Croydon’s Legacy Youth Zone, please visit www.legacyyouthzone.org
Onside Youth Zones are also looking for a diverse mix of volunteers willing to volunteer a few hours per week once the Youth Zone is open. If you’re interest, please visit www.legacyyouthzone.org/get-involved/why-volunteer/