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 377,000 visits from young people and made countless developments to our offering.

Follow the Youth Zone’s journey so far below…

Five Fantastic Years

14 July 2018

Five Fantastic Years

The Youth Zone really has been a whirlwind success story that has been made possible by the whole community. We have so much to celebrate from the last five years…

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WYZ wins OnSide President’s Cup

12 May 2018

WYZ wins OnSide President’s Cup

WYZ as always, went ready for battle at this year’s OnSide President’s Cup and the team’s hard work paid off as they were crowned champions for the first time in six years. Competing against 11 other Youth Zones was no easy fete, but the tireless efforts of our young people…

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WYZ Hosts Town’s Pride After-Party

13 August 2017

WYZ Hosts Town’s Pride After-Party

Wigan Youth Zone played host to the official after-party for 12 – 19 year olds as part of the Wigan Pride event, with headline music from Lucy Spraggan. This was the first ever family-friendly Pride event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community here in the borough.

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Platt Bridge Youth Group Launches

1 April 2017

Platt Bridge Youth Group Launches

After months of hard work Platt Bridge Youth Group finally opens to the public. Opening to the community from early April, the multi-party project aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve opportunities for young people in the Platt Bridge area. The project is supported by the Youth Zone, McDonalds Platt…

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Prince Harry Visits WYZ

5 July 2016

Prince Harry Visits WYZ

Tuesday 5th July marked a historic day for local youth facility Wigan Youth Zone, with a visit from none other than Prince Harry. The visit was kept top secret but there was still plenty of excited young people to welcome Harry into the Youth Zone and show him around the…

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Extending Our Offer

1 September 2015

Extending Our Offer

Since its inception, Wigan Youth Zone has striven to continually develop the offering for young people. In September 2015, the youth zone also launched The Venue, a new student union-style non-alcoholic bar. Offering members over the age of 16, somewhere to meet and enjoy live music in a safe but…

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Girls Allowed Re-launches

1 March 2014

In early 2014 we re-launched our Girls Allowed room after listening to feedback from our members. Since the re-launched we’ve not only seen female participation increase, but diverse groups have found that the Youth Zone offers them a safe space where they can have the confidence to talk openly.

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David Cameron Visits

1 August 2013

David Cameron Visits

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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Big Bang Opening

8 June 2013

Big Bang Opening

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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Building The Dream

1 July 2012

Building The Dream

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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A Good Idea

1 January 2009

A Good Idea

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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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.

OnSide secured £20m from the myplace 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. Find out more about the OnSide network here.

Basic CMYK

  • 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
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