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 on a long-term peppercorn rent from Wigan Council.
With help from local young people the building was designed by Smith Austin Lord. Wigan Council’s Talk, Listen, Change Youth Group gave invaluable input, consulting with the borough’s young people about their vision for the new facility.
David Whelan, Martin Ainscough CBE and Bill Ainscough all invested heavily in the venture with Wigan Athletic players and the Premier League offering further financial support.
Contractors working with Wigan and Leigh Housing agreed to fund the 10metre climbing wall that stands at one end of the sports hall in the facility.
Working in partnership with Wigan Athletic Community Trust, the Youth Zone was also able to secure £350,000 of funding from the Premier League to build four state-of-the-art all weather pitches at the rear of the facility.
Building firm Tolent began work in 2012 and the new Wigan Youth Zone was all set for its now famous Big Bang Opening on June 8th 2013.