Youngsters push the boat out at glittering awards

Boathouse Youth awards 2013 at The Hilton Hotel, Blackpool
Boathouse Youth awards 2013 at The Hilton Hotel, Blackpool
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Dedicated youngsters were recognised for their volunteering achievements at a booming youth club.

Hundreds of children, teenagers and their families from the Boathouse Youth packed into the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool to celebrate a year which has seen the club move into a brand new home.

Laurance Hancock, general manager of the club, said: “It was a fantastic celebration of everything we have done and we encapsulated that with the awards.

“It’s been a special year because of what has gone on.

“We moved into our own premises, became a registered charity and secured enough money to keep us going for another five years, so we have quite a lot to celebrate.”

The club handed out 90 awards on the night for everything from attendance to recognising their volunteer of the year.

Mr Hancock added: “This was the best awards night we have done.

“We gave out 90 awards including our bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards for attendance and congratulated the first people who completed their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

“This year we did our very first BHY Apprentice where we gave people eight different business tasks, which was won by Jessica Spencer.”

The Boathouse Youth was set up in 2010 to give the deprived young people of Bloomfield ward the chance to take part in after-school activities.

Since its formation it has received hundreds of thousands of pounds from various organisations to grow and expand its operation and help hundreds of youngsters in South Shore.

In May, the club moved from their temporary home at St Peter’s Church, Lytham Road, in to the revamped South Shore library on the same street.

The move allowed them to open seven days a week and go from strength to strength.

Mr Hancock added: “We’ve had a lot of support.

“The awards were sponsored by the Sandcastle waterpark and this was the first year we’ve been able to give people a prize whereas before it was a certificate and a medal.”