Packed programme of events

Belle Vue Youth Club leaders and members pictured with their Save Our Youth Club banner
Belle Vue Youth Club leaders and members pictured with their Save Our Youth Club banner

YOUTH club bosses have lined up a packed programme of events aimed at raising funds to keep it going.

Funding is in place to secure the future of the youth club at the Belle Vue Community, Sports and Youth Centre, going until June.

But bosses face a constant battle to keep the club, which is used by hundreds of youngsters a week, operating.

It led to the centre launching the Save Our Youth Club campaign to raise cash and the profile of the club, which currently provides for around 250 young people, aged five to 19 years old, each week.

Gordon Larkin, centre manager, said: “It has been a difficult couple of years for the youth club.

“All we can do, as local residents and centre staff, is as much as we can to keep the club going.

“The housing associations, police and local residents are all behind us because they can see what benefit it has for the wider community.

“As it stands there is funding in place until June and hopefully by then we will have some news about other funding.

“The youth club is kept going by funding and donations and these fundraisers really do help.”

A series of fundraisers have been held over the past 18 months in aid of the youth club including a sponsored bungee jump, race nights, sponsored dips at Seaton Carew and community fun days.

As well as running the youth club, the centre also has a number of courses on offer for young people.

One of those, The Street League project, which aims to get young people off the dole queue, is an eight -week course which aims to boost confidence.

Fifteen people have just completed the course, which includes sport leadership, mock interviews and sessions on how to improve your CV.

Events lined up include:

l A charity boxing night on Friday, April 20, at the Belle Vue Social Club, in Kendal Road. Tickets cost £10 and the event kicks off at 6pm;

l A race night on Wednesday, April 25 at 7.30pm at Ye Olde Durham’s Club, in St Aidan’s Street, Hartlepool.

Tickets cost £1.50 and profits from the night will be shared between the youth club, the Rifty project and the Friends of St Cuthbert’s group. Tickets are available from the Belle Vue Community, Sports and Youth Centre;

l On Friday, May 18, from 7.30pm, the Belle Vue Social Club is hosting a 70’s Glam Rock fundraiser in aid of the youth club. Tickets cost £3 and the gig features band TRox.

The proceeds from the packed programme of events will go towards funding youth projects at the Belle Vue Community, Sports and Youth Centre, in Kendal Road, Hartlepool.

For tickets or more information about the latest fundraisers, call the centre on (01429) 221832.