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Gerrards Cross Youth Club is thriving nearly a year after Wycombe Wanderers saved it

21 Mar Gerrards Cross Youth Club is thriving nearly a year after Wycombe Wanderers saved it

Last spring Wycombe Wanderers Sport and Education Trust (WWSET) took over the club, and it reopened on Tuesday June 2 with the trust providing professional qualified youth workers, helping with volunteer support and putting forward a programme of activities for boys and girls of different ages.

Bosses at the Gerrards Cross Youth Club say it is thriving nearly a year after League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers stepped in to save it.

Last spring Wycombe Wanderers Sport and Education Trust (WWSET) took over the club, which had been closed since the end of 2014 due to a lack of people coming forward to work as youth leaders.

t reopened on Tuesday June 2 with the trust providing professional qualified youth workers, helping with volunteer support and putting forward a programme of activities for boys and girls of different ages.

Leaders and children there have been singing its praises, and say it is a great thing for the community.

Aqeel Akram, youth leader, said the club has about 75 kids on the register and trips planned to places such as Thorpe Park and bowling alleys.

He said the past year has been good and the club is increasing numbers, and the focus has been on teaching responsibility.

“I try not to be too strict. I want them to be leaders. They can come and shout and scream, get muddy and wet. This is for them.”

Mr Akram added: “It’s giving them the idea that they can come and make new friends, socialising, responsibility, and get to know people in the area.”

He said the management committee want to ‘develop’ the club, open new nights as the club only runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and bring more parents ‘on board’.

10-year-old Blaine Hooper-Conder, who described himself as ‘the youngest Rod Stewart lover’ said: “I like it because the attitude of the workers here are patient about everything I think, and also the tuck shop because they sell all the nice food and drinks here. They have a shed which has got pretty much everything in it.”

 

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