Ceremony sees new new youth venue open for business

Shannon Mangham (l), 17, and Casey Tierney, five, both of Denaby, take part in circus activities at the opening of Tom Hill Youth Centre, Denaby. Picture: Andrew Roe
Shannon Mangham (l), 17, and Casey Tierney, five, both of Denaby, take part in circus activities at the opening of Tom Hill Youth Centre, Denaby. Picture: Andrew Roe

A £2 million centre for young people in Conisbrough and Denaby has been officially opened.

The state-of-the-art Tom Hill Young People’s Centre in Denaby includes a boxing club, fully-equipped gym and sauna, a multi-use games area, a modern multi-media room, a dance studio, cafe and a clinic for young people to receive advice.

There will also be a variety of sessions on offer for youngsters aged between eight and 13, as well as classes for those between 13 and 19-years-old. The venue also caters for people aged up to 25 who have learning difficulties or a disability.

Coun Chris Mills, Doncaster’s civic mayor and ward member for Conisbrough and Denaby was on hand to officially open the centre built as part of the myplace project on Sunday.

She was joined by elected mayor Peter Davies and 92-year-old Margaret Mason who lives nearby and worked at the old Tom Hill Youth Centre from 1965 to 1972.

Coun Mills said: “I am delighted that a purpose built facility has been created under the myplace initiative.

“I cannot underestimate the positive impact that the myplace centre will have on the lives of young people in the area. It will be a venue just for them that will empower them, give them a sense of identity and give them the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

The site in Wadworth Street is part of Doncaster Council’s £5 million project which also saw a similar centre open in Bentley earlier this month.

Mr Davies said: “The opening of this cutting edge centre gives the young people a place they can proudly call their own. They will have somewhere to go and meet friends, have fun, learn new skills and receive support. Its wide range of facilities and extensive programme of activities will offer something for young people and the whole community to enjoy.”

The project has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund with work carried out by Wildgoose Construction.

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