EVERY single Wiganer has been invited to tour the town’s exciting and highly anticipated Youth Zone before it opens in June.
Bosses at the new centre have unveiled a long list of open events during which they hope anyone who wants to, will take the chance to see for themselves how good it is.
As the launch day nears, excitement is growing about the club which has been built for the young people in the area thanks to the generosity of backers Martin and Bill Ainscough and Dave Whelan.
Finishing touches are now being put to the building and outside pitches – and the question on everyone’s lips is: “When can we see what it is like?”
Simon Baker, development manager at the Youth Zone, said: “We are holding a whole host of events aimed at every aspect of Wigan life, businesses, schools, charities and members of the public.
“We hope that at the end of Launch Day on June 8 everyone in Wigan will have seen for themselves how exciting the Youth Zone is going to be.
“As well as the general open days, we’re holding exclusive open sessions for some local schools, businesses and other community groups.
“In short, we’re confident that whoever you are, and whatever your interests, there’ll be a session for you to enjoy throughout our soft opening periods.”
Director and general manager, John Harker, is now finalising plans for the grand opening on June 8 which promises to be a star-studded occasion.
Mr Harker said: “The Youth Zone likes to do things in explosive style, and we’ll be doing this, quite literally, on our Launch Day.
“Everyone is invited to join us for fun, celebration and loads of activity.
“We’ll start from 2pm with activities in Mesnes Park, followed at 3pm by a parade through Wigan town centre ending up at the Youth Zone.
“At 4pm, Martin Ainscough and Dave Whelan will cut the ribbon and Wigan Youth Zone will be officially open. Inside there’ll be loads of activities and games for the whole family, including a battle of the bands and culminating with a fireworks display.”
So when can YOU visit the Youth Zone?
Thursday May 9:
Business Support Event. Open from 6pm to all those who feel that their business can contribute to the Youth Zone.
The event will include a complimentary buffet and refreshments and will feature speeches from Martin Ainscough and Dave Whelan. After the presentations, various areas of the Youth Zone, including the climbing wall, will be open for people to have a go.
Tuesday May 14:
Community Open Night. Open from 6pm, this event is open to all adults who work with young people in the borough.
It is hoped as many teachers, volunteer football or rugby team managers, scout leaders, youth workers etc will come down and to see how their group can work in partnership with staff.
Simon said: “Wigan Youth Zone is new to the community. We have great facilities, but need existing community champions to work with us to make our work with young people as good as it can be. Refreshments and a buffet will be provided courtesy of the Youth Zone.”
Wednesday May 15
Thursday May 23
Tuesday May 28:
Open Nights. Three open nights where absolutely anybody is welcome to come down to the Youth Zone, regardless of age or interest, to have a look round and see what we do.
This is your opportunity to meet some of the staff, try out some of the activities and see how you can get involved, either as a member, parent, volunteer or supporter.
Saturday June 8:
Big Bang Opening. A fun-packed day for all the family - and it’s all free. More details to be announced nearer the time.
All the open days are drop-in sessions.
But if you’d like to register to attend either the Business Support Event, or Community Open Night, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Youth Zone on 01942 612061.