Tom Hill name lives on in Denaby

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Denaby’s iconic 70 year-old-Tom Hill youth club has been reborn as a young people’s centre following a multi-million pound rebuild.

The state of the art Tom Hill Young People’s Centre will be officially opened at a special ceremony on Sunday.

The centre includes a boxing club, fully equipped gym with sauna, a multi-use games area (MUGA), a modern multi-media room, a dance studio, café and a clinic for young people to receive advice.

A variety of sessions will be provided for juniors (8 -13 years), seniors (13-19 years) and people aged up to 25 years with learning difficulties or a disability.

Young people have played an important role in the project being involved in the initial planning and design work and making decisions on what services will be included. They are promoting the facilities and will also be expected to help run the services. Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies, Civic Mayor and elected member for Conisbrough and Denaby, Christine Mills and Margaret Mason, 92 who lives nearby and worked at the old Tom Hill Youth Centre from 1965 to 1972 will cut a ribbon to celebrate the occasion. Margaret still helps and supports local young people.

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.”

Coun Mills added: “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.”

Margaret Mason said: “I hope all the young people enjoy the new centre and all it has to offer.”

The new facility is part of Doncaster Council’s £5million myplace project which has seen two new facilities built in the Conisbrough/Denaby and Bentley areas.

The project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).