Over 125 years ago, Bolton Lads and Girls Club was one of the first organisations in the North West to recognise the importance of providing young people with a safe haven to spend their free time.
With over 8,000 members and 3,000 young people visiting per week, Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC) is a state-of-the-art custom-built, modern youth club offering a wide range of sport, art and enterprise activities.
Open 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, the Club are based in the heart of Bolton and are driven by a powerful combination of public, private and volunteer sector support.
In 2006, serial entrepreneur, Bill Holroyd was approached by officials from BLGC to chair the Club’s Board. Bill willingly took on the role and realised very quickly that other towns and cities in the country would clearly benefit from a first class facility like Bolton. It was this vision that inspired Bill to develop the charity, OnSide Youth Zones and spearhead the development of the Youth Zone ‘model’ across the country.