Old pub turned into a knockout centre

At the opening of new Westfield Youth Centre, 13 yr old Brittany Wright,meets Sir Bob Kerslake
At the opening of new Westfield Youth Centre, 13 yr old Brittany Wright,meets Sir Bob Kerslake
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A DISUSED pub on a Sheffield housing estate has a bright future - after it was revamped into a youth centre designed almost entirely by the teenagers who will use it.

The old Golden Keys pub, in Westfield, was re-launched as Westfield Estate Youth Centre by boxer Clinton Woods, who grew up in the area, and Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law.

Boxer Clinton Woods, who helped to open the new Westfield Youth Centre, with Matthew Bailey, Alex Hamlett and Josh Oxley

Boxer Clinton Woods, who helped to open the new Westfield Youth Centre, with Matthew Bailey, Alex Hamlett and Josh Oxley

Sheffield Council spent £452,000 on the revamp.

Former IBF World Light Heavyweight Champion Clinton said: “It’s fantastic what has been done here. I just hope all the kids in the area use it and appreciate it.”

The interior of the pub, at the Westfield Centre, has been completely revamped into a bright, colourful base where young people can meet and participate in activities.

Some residents were unhappy about the loss of the pub when Sheffield Council first announced plans to turn it into a youth centre.

But Clinton, who is also turning nearby John Barnett Centre, on Carley Drive, into a gym for the local community, said: “Pubs are dying at the moment, this one being no exception, and it’s nice it has been re-used for something worthwhile.”

The Golden Keys had been associated with anti-social behaviour and drugs.

During the re-opening party, teenagers who will use the centre gave demonstrations of martial arts and DJing.

Patrick Meleady, from Sheffield Council’s youth service, said: “This is a world class community resource centre and I for one am very proud of the local kids and how they have helped turn this project into a reality.

“The young people have worked tirelessly on this exciting initiative since last March and are leading on developing its activities programme.”

Coun Colin Ross, council cabinet member for children’s services, said: “At a time when other local authorities are shutting youth centres, Sheffield is bucking the trend.”