A LIFE-changing youth club has secured its future.
The Boathouse Youth in South Shore was awarded £127,600 by the Henry Smith Charity, who address social inequality and economic disadvantages across the UK.
Since opening its doors last year, the club has been instrumental in keeping the children of Bloomfield ward entertained and engaged.
Thousands of pounds worth of grants from various charities meant they were able to offer youngsters free sporting activities, games nights and camping trips in the Lake District.
Laurance Hancock, operations manager, said: “If we had shut, it would have left the young people in this community in a worse situation than when we started. The need is so great for a club like this that we need to be open and we are now going to provide more and more for young people.
“This works because the kids have made the decision to be better people and we have been the nucleus of that.”
Ashley Thompson, 14, has been with the club since the very start and is now leading sessions and doing extra work in the community.
He said: “I was pretty bad when I was younger and since I came here it has changed my life. I have achieved a lot more coming here and I would have just had to stay in the house if it closed.
“I want to get into work as a youth leader as soon as I leave school.”
The Lytham Road club puts on 19 sessions a week for children aged from eight to 14. Larsson McCullion, eight, will now get the opportunity to experience the benefits of the Boathouse youth.
He said: “It’s good that we will be here for another three years. I’m looking forward to playing with my friends.”