Projected youth centre to get £3.5m cash boost

The new centre could help kids get into sports such as basketball. Photo: Sport England

The new centre could help kids get into sports such as basketball. Photo: Sport England

Lewisham Council is set to receive funding to build a £3.5m youth centre for teenagers in the area.

The council applied for the government cash to build a youth centre in Sydenham after a group of young people convinced Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock of the difference it would make to their lives.

Sydenham youngsters Nefika Kitson, Demi Kirlew, Limbi Nyakuchena, Shamara McKenziu, all aged 13, and 14-year-old Leanne Pinnock, gave a presentation at a mayor and cabinet meeting in May last year about the need for a new facility in Wells Park Road.

Lewisham is one of three London boroughs to receive a share of the £31m “myplace” funding announced by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The scheme aims to create youth centres across England, which provide positive activities for young people.

A range of facilities will be on offer at the new centre including a training kitchen, recording studio, youth theatre and dance studio.

There will also be activities such as horticulture, graffiti art, football, basketball and skateboarding.

Young people will be provided with opportunities into education, employment and training and will receive advice on issues such as finance, sexual health and housing.

The centre will open from 9am until 10pm seven days a week and can be accessed by the whole community.

Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock, said: “This is absolutely wonderful news. Young people need exciting places where they can just be themselves and safe places where they can access support and take advantage of opportunities.

“We are very lucky to have such committed and dedicated younger residents in the borough. The fact they worked so hard with the Council to produce a successful bid which will help strengthen their community is testament to that.”

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