Youth club reopens after eight years

Awsworth Babbington and Cossall Youth Club is going to be re-opened.
Awsworth Babbington and Cossall Youth Club is going to be re-opened.

Campaigning parents have breathed new life into an old youth club which has been closed for the last eight years in an effort to prevent any anti-social behaviour.

The ABC Youth Club in Awsworth was officially reopened yesterday evening (September 11) by former Nottingham Forest captain John McGovern with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony.

The club, which was originally opened in 1978, will provisionally open on Thursday nights and will be run by a small committee of parents who have campaigned for three years.

Vice-chairman of the youth Club Sarah Lee told the Advertiser that she had become concerned about the lack of activities available for her children and others in the village.

The mum-of-three said: “There hasn’t been provision for young people in the village for eight years so there is nothing for them to do.

“It is all about combatting anti-social behaviour - if they are hanging around on the streets then they can get into trouble without meaning to.

“We want the youth club to provide a safe place for them to be in the evening.”

Mrs Lee’s own children Daisy, 12, Louis, 14, and Ethan, 17, have been involved with the preparations for Thursday and her husband is the chairman of the club.

Their younger two will join 40 other children at the club this week and the committee hope the group will continue to expand.

It will be open to ten to 15-year-olds in Awsworth, Babbington and Cossall. She hopes by covering school years six to ten it will help with the transition from junior to senior school as youngsters will know older pupils at their school from the club

The club currently offers a pool table, table tennis, a TV room, board games and arts and crafts, but the youth club committee want the children to tell them what other activities they would like to have.

Mrs Lee said: “We want to let the children make it their building so we will let them decide what colour to paint the walls and we will have a designing competition for a new club logo. Most of the equipment has been donated but the group would still welcome more donations.

To donate to the club or for more information email Sarah on sarahlee43@sky.com.