Why Bolton?

Over 128 years ago, BLGC 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.

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.

BLGC are one of the largest youth clubs in the United Kingdom, with a membership of over 3,500 young people. Based in Bolton’s town centre, BLGC are open 7 days a week, 51 weeks a year and welcome all young people aged 8 to 19 years old (up to 21 for young people with disabilities).

BLGC offer a range of targeted and universal provisions including sports, arts, mentoring and community outreach work.


We love our Club!

Have a look at our other Youth Zones

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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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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All youth zones


...and see for yourself the difference we make

Whether you are interested in supporting your local Youth Zone or want to understand how your community project can work with us to create a better future for the young people of our area we’d recommend that you come and see us in person!

Fill our the form giving us a brief description of your reason for requesting a visit and we will be in touch to arrange a convenient time.

We look forward to welcoming you into the Onside network.

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