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A village youth club is restarting after two years.

Collingham Youth and Community Centre on Low Street will be open on Tuesday and a week on Tuesday from 7pm-9pm. Youngsters aged 13-19 can attend to help put together a programme of activities that will start next month.

The youth club will be open one evening a week. The night has not been confirmed because the community centre is popular with other community groups.

The leader in charge of the Nottinghamshire County Council-run youth centre is Mr Valentine Marshall, who has already consulted some young people in the village about the kind of activities they would like to take part in.

He said fishing, barbecues, a visit to Alton Towers and quad biking had all been suggested.

Those already consulted have drawn up a behaviour contract and a list of consequences for anyone who breaks it.

They have also written a shopping list of food they would like in the coffee bar and discussed how much they would be willing to pay each week to attend the centre.

Mr Rob Packer, a senior youth worker with the county council, said there was a need for a youth centre in the village.

He said most youngsters using the centre were expected to be aged 13 to 15.

He said 18 and 19-year-olds would be encouraged to be volunteer helpers.

He said it would be a modern youth centre that would have more than traditional activities such as pool or table tennis.

Youngsters will be able to take part in county-wide activities such as all-night orienteering, a citizenship day, climbing, abseiling, water sports, arts, dance and drumming. They can also work towards awards and accreditation.

An informal meeting was held at the centre on Tuesday for youngsters and their parents to find out more about the youth club.

Joe Carlo (13) of Windsor Close, Collingham, was among those who attended.

He enjoys roller-blading, skate-boarding and BMX biking. Joe said he hoped to encourage some friends to join him.

His mother, Miss Helen Carlo (40) said: “There are some activities in the village but now he is a teenager a youth centre can only be a good thing.”

She said she was impressed to find out that Joe could work towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at the centre.

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