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Saturday 8th April marks the biggest day in the racing calendar, but in the lives of thousands of young people across Wirral, Grand National Day will be remembered as the day The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone opens its doors for the first time.
After years of hard work from national charity OnSide Youth Zones shaking hands with Wirral Council, to the spade hitting the ground back in December 2015, to the dramatic countdown of building milestones, Wirral Youth Zone has come a long way. The final furlong is now in sight and the biggest day in the racing calendar will see The Hive’s doors welcome young people through their own turnstiles.
The opening day itself will kick off from 1pm with all the family invited to come down to Bright Street in Birkenhead to take advantage of the facilities from a 4G football pitch, four court sports hall, iconic climbing wall, fully fitted gym, skate park, music room, media room, arts and crafts areas, dance studio and even a boxing gym and recording studio.
Stuart Barnes, chief executive at The Hive – Wirral Youth Zone said: “The Hive, one of the best facilities for young people in the country, offers an incredible range of activities ranging from a climbing wall and a recording studio to a fitness suite, multi-media room as well as employability, mentoring and young leaders programmes. Over and above engaging themselves, young people will benefit from raised aspirations, enhanced prospects, increased confidence, all of which will lead to the wider benefits to the whole community. We cannot wait to open our doors to thousands of young people across Wirral on Saturday 8th April.”
Leader of Wirral Council, Councillor Phil Davies added: “The Hive Youth Zone is a clear commitment from the whole community that we believe in the potential of young people in Wirral and will look to do all we can to support the skills and aspirations of future generations. Despite a challenging funding climate, investing now will reduce the need for more re-active and costly interventions further down the line. It also illustrates our ambitious plans for the borough, with the recently launched Wirral Growth Company designed to encourage further development in the area.”
Wirral Youth Zone will offer a multitude of activities and services will help raise the aspirations, improve the health and well-being and enhance the prospects of an anticipated membership of over 3,000 young people across Wirral.
Membership costs £5 per year with each session at the Youth Zone costing just 50p per visit. Young people can sign up online by visiting: www.thehiveyouthzone.org/new-member
The Hive will cost £1million per year to run and this will be funded through a combination of public sector and private sector funding. 50% of the running costs has virtually been secured through the local business community: Urenco UK, Boulting Group, Altrad NSG, The Contact Company, Selwyn-Lloyd Charitable Trust, John Syvret CBE, The Bibby Family, Cammell Laird, Edward Billington & Son Ltd, Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity, B&M Waste Services, Andrew Collinge Hairdressing, Park Group, West Wallasey Car Hire, the Barton Family, Progress to Excellence, Russell Taylor Group as well as anonymous supporters.