A NEW youth club has opened in Flanshaw.
The club will be open every Friday from 4.30pm-6pm at the Denhale Active Recreation Centre after funding was secured from Wakefield Council.
The Positive Activities grant will pay for the youth club and sports coaching for young people at the centre, on Denhale Avenue.
A panel of young people decided on a bid for funding by the Ward Three Community Partnership, which is chaired by Coun Betty Rhodes.
Coun Rhodes said: “We have been successful in getting a grant of £3,500. We are grateful that they thought this initiative was worth supporting. We are absolutely delighted. This is most welcome because it will provide more activities that young people enjoy. It will give them a place where they can come and enjoy themselves.
“At in times like this when we are trying to promote the health and agenda and help people keep fit and active.
“The money will pay for the youth club building and sport coaching which will raise awareness of community sporting activities.”
Coun Rhodes said a chill-out zone for teenagers would be part of the new service at the centre, which was set up six years ago with lottery funding.
Many young people have already signed up to be part of the new youth club, which will cater for people aged between eight and 18.
Organisers were planning to expanding the services for teenagers aged 16-18 in the area, Coun Rhodes said.
She added: “This also means we have the opportunity to offer more activities for the older youths in the area. We hope more sporting activities will also help them develop their own career paths.”