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Waiting for club chance


By Peter Harris


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A recently reopened youth club is proving to be so popular it already has a waiting list.

Around 25 youngsters went to the reopening of Cranmer Youth Club, and now there are about 40 children attending sessions on Tuesday evenings.

A club leader, Mr Adam Mussert (40) of St Thomas Drive, Aslockton, said it was oversubscribedwith youngsters attending from Aslockton and Whatton.

There is even a waiting list of about five or six youngsters wanting to join.

Mr Mussert: “We were quite keen to make sure of the appeal to girls and boys alike.”

Cranmer Youth Club closed in September 2006, partly because of a fall in adults willing to provide supervision.

But a need for the youth club was identified by Cranmer Youth Initiative, set up last year to review facilities for young people in Whatton, Aslockton and Scarrington.

As a result people came forward to help reopen the club, and since opening its doors at Whatton Jubilee Hall at the end of November it has gone from strength to strength.

A committee has been formed and the club leaders are Mr Mussert (40)Mr Gavin McAndrew (36) of Sunbeam Street, Whatton, and the son of Mrs Julia Faulconbridge who previously ran the club, Pete Faulconbridge (18) of Burton Lane, Whatton.

Other parents are also giving a helping hand at the club.

Mr McAndrew said they were keen to provide activities the children wanted, rather than dictating to them.

He said activities included games, crafts and taking the youngsters on trips.

Mr McAndrew said the club was somewhere the youngsters could meet their friends, particularly for those who attended different schools.

The club is open to ten to 13-year-olds and there are plans to encourage youngsters to become junior youth leaders when they become older.

One of the youngsters, Shadia Houssein (11) said the club gave them the chance to spend time with their friends.

She said she liked going on trips and playing with her friends at the club, based in Whatton.

She said: “It’s really fun and we can do whatever we want.”

Another youngster, Reuben Tong (10) said he enjoyed going to the club to take part in the various games and activities.


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