Why Croydon?

There are a number of factors towards deciding locations for new Youth Zone’s, each one is strategically placed to provide the maximum impact on the areas young. Reasons for Croydon include:

  • Croydon is ranked 96th most deprived borough in England and 17th in London (IMD 2015)
  • Croydon was among the London boroughs with a higher average rate of unemployment between 2012 and 2014 (7.3%) (London 6.4%)
  • 6 LSOA (Lower-layer Super Output Areas) in the top 10% most deprived in England
  • 21.8% of children under 16 live in poverty, worse than the England rate at 18.6%
  • 24% of 10-11 year olds are obese – significantly worse than England average at 19.1%
  • Number of first-time entrants to the Youth Justice system is much worse than England with 215 young people (per 100,000) aged 10-17 receiving their first reprimand, warning or conviction
  • 45.2% youth reoffending rate worse than London 42.2% and England 37.2%
  • Family homelessness also significantly worse than England at 5% and 1.8% respectively
  • Attainment at KS2 in Croydon 75% worse than the London 82% and England 79% averages

Barnabas Shelbourne speaks about being appointed as Chief Executive of Croydon's Legacy Youth Zone

Inspired Homes supports Croydon Youth Zone

Inspired Homes Founder and CEO Martin Skinner speaks about his company’s support for Croydon’s OnSide Youth Zone, Legacy. He recently visited The Hive Youth Zone in Wirral to see what is in store for Croydon’s young people…


  • Inspired Homes
    Fidelity UK Foundation
    Four Acre Trust
    Croydon Council
    MariaMarina Foundation
  • The Stone Family Foundation
    The Queen’s Trust


Could you be our next Patron?

Founder Patrons are key to the success of a Youth Zone. Becoming a Founder Patron of Croydon Youth Zone is your chance to be part of the Legacy Youth Zone story.



If you would like to know more about becoming a Founder Patron contact David Mellis for more information.

Your pledge of consistent support is critical to the success of Legacy Youth Zone.

The select group of Founder Patrons is made up with the great and good from Croydon, community leaders whose endorsement and generous support will encourage others to follow.

Latest News...

Construction continues at Croydon’s Legacy Youth Zone

16th October 2018 by OnSide Youth Zones

The steel frame of the building is now complete as Croydon’s young people move one step closer to setting foot inside this fantastic facility. Our contractors, Armfield Construction, are…

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Local viral rap sensation Micheal Dapaah visit’s Croydon’s Legacy Youth Zone site

26th September 2018 by OnSide Youth Zones

Legacy Youth Zone, Croydon’s soon-to-be-completed youth facility, hosted an event to welcome local rap star Michael Dapaah to its site on Wednesday 26thof September. The…

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