To make way for student accommodation in the area, Coventry Boys & Girls Club bid a fond farewell to its old HQ in the city centre, and have completed the move to a brand-new facility, just a few doors down at 50 Whitefriars Street. This historic move was marked with an open evening.
The Club’s origins go back as far as the 1930’s, and as a registered charity CBGC has become a well-established fixture for young people in Coventry, offering a wide range of activities and a safe environment to hang out.
Following the demolishment and subsequent fond farewell to the old CBGC club quarters, an open evening was held on Friday, March 1st to introduce the new facility to members old and new. The event was well attended by children, parents, and carers alike, keen to see what will be on offer at the new and improved club.
Such provisions include a new Youth Session timetable complete with free bus pick-ups in areas wherever there is demand. For just £1 per session, members can play with friends in the new games room, or get active in the sports hall. The boxing is also back and better than ever with a new ring and a huge cardio area ideal for Dance. There are also additional rooms, including a Do Jo and meeting spaces.
As an exciting new community space, teachers and instructors of Ballet, Music, and Martial Arts have either began, or are set to start classes at the new three-story building.
There has been an enormous amount of public support for the club in recent months. CBGC has tirelessly sought to improve the prospects of young people in Coventry and regularly offers trips during the summer holidays to ease the boredom of being off school, and give carers some respite. Important issues such as mental health are also addressed with a focus on positivity and self-confidence.
During a recent visit to lay the first brick in the now completed building, Lord Mayor John Blundell addressed a young audience and heaped praise on CBGC for their long-standing work.
“I want to say a big thank-you to all of those that look after you, all of the staff and volunteers. Without those people, you guys would not be able to enjoy what you do. As Lord Mayor of the city of Coventry I am very proud that we are providing facilities like this for young people”, said the Lord Mayor.
In addition to the sports, activities, and conference spaces, a café has also been installed on the ground floor and further information on when this will be operational are to be announced soon.
During the Open Evening, children were thrilled to try out the new Apple Mac’s and get expert music lessons in the new media studio. They were also able to play football and test their skills on the pool table. Arts & Crafts are an important aspect of the new facility, and children are encouraged to express themselves creatively too.
This new era for the club will undoubtably benefit a wide range of people, in particular the younger generations that often find that there are fewer and fewer safe spaces to enjoy these days.
CBGC have now begun their new Youth Timetable, for more information on what’s on at the club, visit: https://www.covboysandgirlsclub.co.uk/whats-on
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