A YOUTH club at the heart of a Middlesbrough community returns this week.

The club at the Manor Hub in Coulby Newham hosts its first session in a number of years on Friday (May 4) from 6pm to 8pm.

Aimed at young people aged between 10 and 19, the Coulby Manor Open Access Youth Club will be run by the Linx Project, with premises provided by Active Tees Valley.

A range of activities on offer will include football on the multi-use games area (MUGA) and games in the sports hall.

The club – funded by Big Lottery and DCMS (Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) as part of the Youth Investment Fund (YIF) – will also deliver issue-based activities addressing areas including alcohol, smoking, sexual health, anti-social behaviour and drugs.

Senior Youth Worker Josh Harrison will manage the club, and said he was looking forward to welcoming young people from across the community.

He said: “A club like this is a vital part of a community, and can make a real difference to young people at a pivotal point in their lives.

“It’s all about helping them to socialise, make new friends and have fun while engaging in positive activities.

“They will be supported to grow, develop and learn, and equipped to make informed, positive decisions for their lives, helping them steer clear of anti-social or criminal behaviour.

“Those who are not in education, employment or training will be able to choose the option that is right for them, and support will also be there for their families as well.

“They will also be consulted and involved in our planning for future activities and programmes to ensure that we meet their needs.

“I hope that young people from all parts of the community will take this opportunity to get off the streets, make new friendships and engage in a range of positive activities.”

Coulby Newham ward Councillor David Branson welcomed the club’s relaunch: “There have been no facilities for young people in Coulby Newham for several years.

“It is very important to have things like this that will help to keep young people engaged, so I’m delighted that the Youth Club is returning.

“Through the Open Access Youth club they will receive support in a number of areas including employment, training and education, healthy eating, active lifestyles, sexual health, alcohol and drug misuse and emotional wellbeing.

“The club is a welcome addition to the community and has a hugely important role to play in ensuring that young people do things that are positive and not negative.”

  • The Coulby Newham Youth Club will be based in the Manor Hub (near the Rainbow Leisure Centre), on Manor Farm Way, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough TS8 0RJ

For more information contact Josh Harrison at Linx n 01642 262738, email josh@hemlingtonlinx.orgor visit www.hemlingtonlinx.org