Funding joy for youth club

The Boathouse Youth club has found an ideal new home in the shape of the disused South Shore Library on Lytham Road.'The sign says it all! With Senior Youth Leader Benjamin Wilson (left) and General Manager Laurance (CORRECT) Hancock.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'8-1-2013
The Boathouse Youth club has found an ideal new home in the shape of the disused South Shore Library on Lytham Road.'The sign says it all! With Senior Youth Leader Benjamin Wilson (left) and General Manager Laurance (CORRECT) Hancock. PIC BY ROB LOCK'8-1-2013
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A THRIVING youth club has secured more than £300,000 to ensure it stays open for the next five years.

The Boathouse Youth, in South Shore, has been awarded £316,674 by the Big Lottery Fund to employ a centre manager and provide the running costs when they move into their new home later this year.

The club, which provides after school activities and adventure holidays for the children of Bloomfield ward, is currently renovating the former South Shore library on Lytham Road.

The move will enable the youth club to open seven days a week for six hours a day and Laurance Hancock, general manager, says their future is secure thanks to the cash boost.

He said: “It’s fantastic news and the biggest grant we’ve ever had.

“We have young people who are 14 and have younger brothers and sisters who will now be able to attend when they’re older.

“I would hope that over the next five years, now we are financially secure, we can carry on providing a sustainable presence in the town.”

The cash will got towards employing a full time centre manager and the cost of a seven day opening from 4pm to 10pm.

Mr Hancock added: “We aim to access about 500 young people a year using that money and it will secure us for five years.”

Helen Bullough, a spokeswoman from the BIG Lottery Fund, said: “The Boathouse Youth will provide education and employment training while also attracting the young people through football, cycling, and art.”