Funds help club’s future look fitter

CASH BOOST: The Girls in Sport group from Lambton Street Youth Centre who will benefit from the Echo's Do a Lotto Good campaign.
CASH BOOST: The Girls in Sport group from Lambton Street Youth Centre who will benefit from the Echo's Do a Lotto Good campaign.
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A HISTORIC youth club is set to launch a fitness and sports drive for teenage girls after being handed a cash windfall.

The Lambton Street Youth Centre in Falkland Road, Sunderland, is planning to take on a part-time youth worker and sports coaches to encourage youngsters into sport.

The popular facility will offer training by qualified coaches in trampolining, boxing, martial arts, dance and netball.

The group was one of 14 charities and community groups to win a share of £250,000, handed out as part of the Echo’s Do a Lotto Good drive.

We joined forces with the Big Lottery Fund to give grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to community and not-for-profit organisations, parish and town councils, health bodies and schools.

Readers voted on a shortlist of the best ideas, with the Lambton Street Youth Centre awarded £21,363 for its project, which will also help it work towards supporting young women.

Project manager Kevin Howardsaid: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the centre, and we’re very excited about the new project. We’re confident it will be a big success.”

The registered charity is one of the oldest youth centre’s in Europe, opening in 1901. It offers its 15,000-strong membership a range of activities.

“We want to get as many people involved in the centre as possible,” said Kevin.

“The centre was originally set up as a boys’ club and to some people it still has that kind of image.”

He added: “We want to get the message out there that it is for everyone – that it is for the whole community.”

For more information about the centre, call 567 5227 or visit info@lambtonstreetyouthcentre.com.

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