A monthly youth night is being launched at the West Wight Sports Centre thanks to a grant of almost £10,000.
The Saturday night café will offer a host of sports including swimming, trampolining, basketball, badminton and table tennis as well as Xbox Kinnect and crafts. There are also plans to include activities such as self-defence, and Tae Kwon-do, with John Cattle from Wight Trash already booked in to run a skateboarding session in March.“Sport isn’t all about getting fit, it’s a great way to have some fun with your friends and develop confidence and self-esteem” explains Clare Griffin, manager of the sports centre. “The new youth café gives young people the chance to try out lots of different sports for just £2. Or if they just want to hang out in the café and chat, that’s fine too.”
The West Wight Youth café has been funded by sported. One of the UK’s leading 2013 legacy organisations empowering community groups to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through sport.
It is also being supported by the Isle of Wight Council’s Youth Service. Youth workers will be joining in the activities and be there to chat to. There will also be opportunities to work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award and become a young volunteer within youth projects.
The café will be open to those aged 12 and over (in school year 8) on the second Saturday of the month between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. It kicks off on Saturday 9thFebruary, then March 9th, April 13th and May 11th.
For all the latest news on what will be happening at the youth café follow it on Facebook (West Wight Youth Cafe) and Twitter (@wwyouthcafe)