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What is a Youth Zone?

Youth Zones are purpose-built spaces fizzing with energy, and crammed with incredible facilities. These youth centres, called Youth Zones, provide local young people aged between eight and 19, or up to 25 with a disability, affordable access to high-quality sports, arts and leisure facilities and activities, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. They are staffed by skilled and dedicated youth workers who truly believe in young people – helping them see what they could achieve, and giving them the skills, confidence and ambition to go for it.

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Opened 1889

Bolton Lads and Girls Club

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.

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Opened 2011

Carlisle Youth Zone

Carlisle Youth Zone was the first of OnSide’s Network of Youth Zones to open in July 2011. A three-storey building, located on the site of the Richard Rose Central Academy, it is part of the city’s ‘learning village’.

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Opened 2012

Manchester Youth Zone

Manchester Youth Zone opened to young people from across the city in February 2012.

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Opened 2012

Oldham Youth Zone

Mahdlo, Oldham Youth Zone stands on a generous site at the heart of the town centre, just a short walk from the bus interchange after it officially opened in March 2012.

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Opened 2012

Blackburn and Darwen Youth Zone

Blackburn Youth Zone is situated in the heart of the town centre within the Cathedral Quarter. ​​​​​​​Located just yards away from the bus and railway station.

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Opened 2013

Wigan Youth Zone

Wigan Youth Zone is a purpose built, youth facility in the town centre which opened in June 2013. The facility is prominently positioned for accessibility and designed to make an impact on the young people of Wigan and the surrounding area.

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Opened 2016

Wolverhampton Youth Zone

The Way, Wolverhampton Youth Zone opened in January 2016. It's a purpose-built facility for the city’s young people aged 8 – 19 (and 25 with disabilities).

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Opened 2017

Wirral Youth Zone

The Hive Youth Zone, based in the centre of Wirral opened its doors on Saturday April 8th 2017.

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Opened 2018

Chorley Youth Zone

Chorley Youth Zone self-labelled Inspire by young people is a purpose-built facility for the town’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.

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Opened 2019

Barking & Dagenham Youth Zone

Barking and Dagenham Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Future’, is a purpose-built facility for the borough’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.

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Opened 2019

Barnet Youth Zone

Barnet Youth Zone, named by young people as ‘Unitas’, is a purpose-built facility for the borough’s young people aged 8 – 19, and up to 25 for those with disabilities.

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Opened 2019

Croydon Youth Zone

Croydon Youth Zone, is London’s third OnSide Youth Zone and is located in Whitehorse Road, Selhurst. Within three months of its opening, the Youth Zone - named 'Legacy' by local young people, had acquired over 4,500 members!

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Opened 2020

East Manchester Youth Zone

Located in Belle Vue, HideOut Youth Zone is a youth charity opened in September 2020. The Youth Zone is a state-of-the-art spaces, purposely built for young people.

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Opened 2022

Warrington Youth Zone

Opened in 2022, The Youth Zone in Warrington is home to Warrington Youth Club (est. 1952), an existing well-respected youth charity.

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Grimsby Youth Zone

Horizon, Grimsby Youth Zone is a brand new youth charity. Located in the heart of the town, Horizon Youth Zone, Grimsby is set to be built in the former West Haven Maltings and Migar House buildings which front the River Freshney.

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Opened 2024

Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Zone

WEST Youth Zone opened its doors to Hammersmith & Fulham's young people on 21 April 2021. The newly created charity gives young people the opportunity to discover their passion and purpose, and is the 4th Youth Zone in London.

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Barnsley Youth Zone

Learn more about Barnsley's Youth Zone which will be a safe and inspiring place for thousands of young people from Barnsley.

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Crewe Youth Zone

Crewe Youth Zone will be a brand new charity that will provide local young people with the opportunity to discover their passion and purpose.

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Preston Youth Zone

Preston Youth Zone will be a brand new charity set to provide local young people with the opportunity to discover their passion and purpose.

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Salford Youth Zone

Salford Youth Zone, named SYZ by local young people, will be the 6th Youth Zone in the Greater Manchester area.

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Thurrock Youth Zone

Thurrock Youth Zone will be built in central Tilbury, near bus stops and within easy walking distance of Tilbury Town Train Station.

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South Bristol’s Youth Zone

South Bristol's Youth Zone will be a safe and aspirational place for young people, home to first-class facilities in sports, arts, performance and enterprise.

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