Myplace will be the place to be for teens

Artists impression of planned Denaby Youth centre
Artists impression of planned Denaby Youth centre
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bowling, boxing and bun decorating will be among the varied offerings intended to attract teenagers to two new youth centres costing £5 million.

Work will start soon on Doncaster Council’s myplace project, financed by the Big Lottery Fund, to build new facilities for Conisbrough and Denaby area as well as Bentley teens.

Demolition of the Tom Hill Youth Centre and Bentley Park Lodge will start shortly. These will be the sites of the new centres to be built in 12-month programme after preparation works are complete.

The new state-of-the-art facilities are expected to open in autumn 2012.

To mark the closure of the Tom Hill Youth Centre, more than 60 young people from the Conisbrough and Denaby areas enjoyed a party with a range of activities, including arts and crafts, bun decorating, bowling, basketball and badminton.

Council staff who had worked at Tom Hill over the years joined in the celebrations.

The new Tom Hill myplace will provide a range of services and facilities, including a fitness suite, boxing club, music, dance, counselling and health services.

The new facility in Bentley will have a sporting focus including a large gym and hall. Support services and social areas are also planned.

Coun Eric Tatton-Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Services, said: “It is wonderful news that work will be starting shortly on Doncaster’s myplace project. The two world-class youth centres will provide young people with a place to go, things to do and someone to talk to.”

The myplace project is about encouraging young people to play an active role in their local communities by involving them every step of the way, from designing the centres right through to helping to run the facilities.

Young people are encouraged to get involved by contacting Sarah Martin or Dawn Lawrence at Doncaster Council on 01302 720900 or 01302 735712.