Youth Zone best in Europe says Whelan

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WITH just more than a month to go before Wigan’s Youth Zone opens its doors, Dave Whelan has hailed the “incredible” impact it will have.

And the Latics chairman has called on the people of Wigan to put themselves forward and volunteer to help with its running.

Dave Whelan at Wigan Youth Zone with Sacred Heart Primary School pupils

Dave Whelan at Wigan Youth Zone with Sacred Heart Primary School pupils

On a tour of the purpose built facility on Parsons Walk, Mr Whelan said he hoped Wigan’s example would be followed across the country.

He told the Evening Post: “This is going to be an exceptional place for our youngsters.

“At present when you look around the country there are very few places where youngsters can get together socially, talk to each other and be part of something.

“This is what you should have in every town, in every city.

“I think that without question this is the best in Europe, I think everyone would be impressed with what we’ve done.

“I would like more entrepreneurs and businessmen to come and take a look what we have done here in Wigan.

“If we can start something that could spread across the country to every town and city I think we will help our youngsters enormously.”

The Youth Zone will open in grand style on June 8 with a big launch party at the state-of-the-art building opposite Wigan and Leigh College’s Parsons Walk site.

Mr Whelan along with businessmen Martin and Bill Ainscough came up with the idea to establish a boys and girls club in the town and have played a key role in its development.

Martin said: “We are on a serious countdown now until everything opens with not long to go and we are urging the people of Wigan to come forward and volunteer.

“As you can see, there are so many different departments; running the pitches, the gym, the sports hall among other things.

“And we want young people or students in particular to get in touch. We will sort their training and everything they need and it will be great experience to work or run classes, something really impressive to put on their CVs.

“If anyone is interested in being a part of what we’re doing here please visit our website and get in touch, we can’t operate without the generosity of the people of Wigan. We just need a big final push.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at the Youth Zone can register an interest on its website www.wiganyz.org