Bebington Youth Club set for revamp

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The current Bebington Youth Centre. Pic © Luke Edwards JMU Journalism

Bebington Youth Club is set to be redeveloped into a new community facility after receiving funding of £650,000 from the council.

New Ferry Rangers FC are going to manage the community centre and reinvest any profits back into the area in ways such as improving job opportunities.

The idea to redevelop the run down and out-dated youth club initially came from a meeting in 2016 to discuss how the club could be put to better use.

The new centre will have new 3G football pitches built with £120,000 granted by Sport England.

The football club are now a registered charity who will aim its schemes and projects at the local community, such as installing a gym.

Ged Harris, a father who has children who play for New Ferry Rangers and live locally, praised the new centre. He told JMU Journalism: “I think it can only be a good thing for everyone involved. Anything encouraging kids to be more active I think is worthwhile.”

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At the moment the youth club is only open three days a week for three hours, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for teenagers aged between 13 and 19. Following the redevelopment, it will open for seven days a week.

The youth club celebrated its 100th drop-in session earlier this year. They provide support for young people to help change their lives for the better.

The youth club is based on Cornwall Close in New Ferry, with poor access for vehicles, to get in and out efficiently.

The sea cadets next door also faces the same problem with congestion in the close of an evening, with many parents having to park on the main road and walking down the narrow path to collect their children.

The redevelopment will see the footpath merge into the road, which will also be made wider.

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