More than 2,000 young people have signed up as members of Croydon’s Legacy Youth Zone, before its official opening this month.
The £6.5m purpose-built facility in south London is designed for the borough’s young people aged 8 to 19, and up to 25 for those with additional needs.
Based on the successful OnSide Youth Zones model, Legacy offers young people more than 20 activities, seven days a week.
For an annual membership of £5 then 50p per visit, young people have access to an indoor climbing wall, four-court sports hall, fully equipped gym, 3G all-weather pitch, music room with recording suite, training kitchen, dance studio, health and wellbeing room, arts and crafts area and much more.
Croydon Council contributed £3.25m.
“We have 93,000 under 18s in our borough – more young people than anywhere else in London – and we promised them we would be ambitious for them. We are proud to have invested in this fantastic facility, and together with our partners, to create a true legacy for young people in Croydon,” says councillor Tony Newman, leader of Croydon Council.
The remainder of the funding comes from a variety of contributors including the Queen’s Trust, the Stone Family Foundation and The Seroussi Foundation via UBS Optimus Foundation.
The Youth Zone’s annual running costs are supported by several founder patrons – a group of businesses and philanthropists who have pledged over £1m per year. Croydon Council will also contribute £300,000 to the Youth Zone’s annual running costs.
OnSide across the UK
More than 50,000 young people are already members across the OnSide network at 13 open Youth Zones.
A number of other Youth Zones are currently at different stages of development with three set to be built in East Manchester, Hammersmith and Fulham and Grimsby.