Wigan Youth Zone is a purpose built, state-of-the-art youth facility in Wigan town centre which opened in June 2013. It offers young people from across Wigan the opportunity to meet friends, have new experiences, learn new skills and access the support they need to develop and achieve their potential.

The Youth Zone is open to all young people across Wigan aged from 8 to 21, striving to offer something for everyone, regardless of their interests or abilities. With almost 15 dedicated areas to choose from including our four 40-metre floodlit football pitches, art room, music room and climbing wall – there’s something for everyone here at Wigan Youth Zone.

Our aim is simple, to provide the town’s young people with somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to.


Wigan Youth Zone is open 7 days a week, offering sessions for young people every weeknight, over the weekend and school holidays. See below for our opening times; 

Monday4pm – 9pm Senior Session
Tuesday 4pm – 8pmJunior Session
Wednesday4pm – 9pmSenior Session
Thursday 4pm – 9pm Senior Session
Friday 4pm – 9pm Senior Session
Saturday11am – 3pm
4pm – 9pm
Junior Session
Senior Session

Sunday11am – 3pm
4pm – 7pm
Junior Session
Senior Session

Please note we are not open on Bank Holidays

  • Senior members are those in High School and up to the age of 19 (or 25 for those with additional needs).
  • Junior members are classed as those aged 8 years old up to those in Year 6 of Primary School.



Wigan Youth Zone simply wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the support and investment from local business, the council and our local community.

The Youth Zone is the brainchild of Wigan businessman Dave Whelan, who with Martin and Bill Ainscough, donated over half the development costs. The scheme was OnSide’s first Youth Zone to be largely-funded by private sector money and occupies a striking new purpose-built accommodation at Mesnes Field in Wigan town centre.

With the backing of Wigan Council and the local business community, the Youth Zone provides a great opportunity for cross-sector partnership to raise the aspirations of the young people of Wigan.

More than just simply getting young people off the streets, it is a facility where they can be supported to achieve their dreams and develop real and achievable aspirations for their future. The Youth Zone is a credit to all of those who made it happen and continue to support the great work it does.

Wigan youth zone

  • Flogert Cera, 16


    “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


      “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


    “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


      “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


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