HOW WE MADE IT HAPPEN

Wigan Youth Zone started with a big idea and some passionate people who wanted to make a difference to young people’s lives here in Wigan, from the very start our members have been at the forefront of everything the Youth Zone does.

To keep our activities fresh for members, the Youth Zone team are constantly developing our facility and the sessions delivered – in the few short years since opening Wigan Youth Zone has had over 272,000 visits from young people and made countless developments to our offering.

Follow the Youth Zone’s journey so far below…

A Good Idea

1 January 2009

Besides the old Wigan Boys Club, the other club to influence the youth zone was Bolton Lads and Girls Club. The club had prospered since 1980’s and had gained a reputation for delivering great new ways of working with young people, particularly those facing some kind of disadvantage. In 2009,…

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Building The Dream

1 July 2012

One site stood out above all others – Mesnes Field. Right in the heart of the town across the road from the college and the bus station, it was the perfect place to build a Youth Zone for the 21st Century. The site was generously gifted to Wigan Youth Zone…

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Big Bang Opening

8 June 2013

More than 3,500 people turned out for the sunshine-filled Big Bang Opening of Wigan Youth Zone and families from across the borough came out in force to celebrate the opening of the purpose-built £6.3 million centre in an action-packed day across the town centre. The day began with a host…

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Proudest Day

1 August 2013

In August 2013, the Prime Minster visited the Youth Zone for its official opening. Genuinely taken aback by the facilities and the way the whole community had got behind the facility, David Cameron described his visit as “one of his proudest days to date as Prime Minister.” Mr Cameron added:…

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Extending Our Offer

1 September 2015

Since its inception, Wigan Youth Zone has striven to continually develop the offering for young people, new areas have been developed including our Duke Of Edinburgh Awards programme, our Girls Room Salon Zone to name a few. In September 2015, the youth zone also launched The Venue, a new student…

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Onside Youth Zones

Wigan Youth Zone is part of the Onside network of Youth Zones, the Onside charity has one simple aim – to build on the network of youth zones available across the country, allowing more young people to access the innovative and inspiring youth facilities.

In 2006, Bolton Lads and Girls Club got a new Chairman, Bill Holroyd, a serial entrepreneur who immediately said: “These places are great, let’s try and build more”. From that throw away remark, came a new charity, OnSide Northwest.

Onside set about working with towns across the North West to help them build inspiring and affordable places for young people to go to in their leisure time.
This ambition was helped by the Government who launched the MyPlace Fund with the specific aim of building new centres for young people.

OnSide secured £20m from this fund and built new Youth Zones in Carlisle, Blackburn, Oldham and Manchester. They continue to support all existing Youth Zones and launching new ones in areas across the UK.

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  • Flogert Cera, 16

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


    “I love my time at Wigan Youth Zone, I’ve gained loads of confidence and thank all the youth work staff for their help!”
    Sabrina, 13
  • Stephanie, 16

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


      “I love coming to Wigan Youth Zone, joining in activities and to get out the house – I’ve met tons of new friends”
    Stephanie, 16
  • Adam, 23

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


    “Since attending the Youth Zone, I’ve become more confident, made new friends and even got a job through the employability course!”
    Adam, 23
  • Danny, 11

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


      “I love the Youth Zone especially the Skate Park. My confidence has grown so much that now I even enter tournaments!”
    Danny, 11
  • Nathan, 18

    WHY WIGAN YZ?


      “The Gym at Wigan Youth Zone has had an important impact on my life – making me stronger, fitter and healthier.”
    Nathan, 18