Newark: Facilities to inspire the next generation opened at YMCA
Young people in Newark will be able to benefit from new basketball, tennis and netball facilities.
A new MUGA (multi-use games area) has opened at Newark’s YMCA activity village, off Bowbridge Road.
Tallulah Cartwright 14, of Newark, was one of several young people who learned new skills in a masterclass delivered at the official opening by professional basketball champion Todd Cauthorn, who played for Sheffield Sharks before becoming executive director at YMCA Newark and Sherwood.
Todd said: “We are energised by the fresh opportunities these new MUGAs will offer to help local clubs, young people and families get moving and boost their well-being through activities such as netball, basketball and tennis to name just a few.
“Basketball has been my passion for decades, and it means a lot to now be in a position where I can share that passion with young people in Newark and pass on my learning so they too can follow their career dreams through our YMCA village.
“Public consultation conducted by our charity highlighted a real appetite for these services, and we are pleased to directly support that need by delivering these dynamic provisions.
“This summer is an ideal time to launch the MUGAs as our community reopens after covid-19 and many local people are looking to re-start their exercise routines.”
The YMCA Community and Activity Village is on track to open fully in spring next year, offering a host of sporting and community facilities for local people to use, including athletics, cycle track, climbing wall, dance studio, café and function rooms.
Tallulah said: “It is a really great place and it is even better because it is so close to us.”
She said she also uses the football pitches at the YMCA with her club, Newark Town.
Sir Andrew Pulford retired Air Chief Marshal, who grew up in Newark, opened the court ahead of the launch event.
Representatives from Newark and Sherwood District Council also attended the opening.
Newark mayor Lisa Geary said the facility looked top class.
“It is nice for young people to have new facilities like this one, and there is lots more coming to the area with the cycling track and the climbing wall,” she said.