junioryouthclubA new Junior Youth Club has been started by West Wight Sports Centre in Freshwater. Doors opened on Tuesday and 16 children attended the first session.

The Club – known as JYC – will operate from West Wight Youth and Community Centre under the management of West Wight Sports Centre and will cater for children in school years 4, 5 and 6.

West Wight Sports Centre is a registered charity and JYC will be manned by volunteers under the supervision of senior volunteer, Charlotte Snooke.

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Charlotte said: “It’s very exciting to be able to provide somewhere for children to socialise in safety. JYC is a tremendous community service that we really hope to build on. However we are dependent on voluntary support and so I am appealing for more volunteers to come forward to help run the club”

JYC will offer crafts, sports, arts, cooking, computers, but if there are adults available to instruct or supervise, the opportunities are endless.

Centre Manager, Clare Griffin added: “We’re appealing to the community to help us provide this very positive service to the children of West Wight. If you have a skill or a hobby and you would like to do something positive for the community, then please get in touch and find out about volunteering for the JYC. Even if your skill is in administration, your services could be useful – we  need someone to register the children at the beginning of the session as well as someone to run the tuck shop”

JYC will be open every Tuesday from 15:00 until 17:30 and it adds to the services already provided for young people at West Wight Sports and Community Centre.

Monthly Youth Café’s have been operating since January and offer young people from school year 8 up the chance to take over the sports centre for the evening. West Wight Churches operate a weekly ‘Rock Solid’ Club on Wednesday evenings and IWC operate a senior youth club on Mondays and Thursdays.

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