Carl’s dream lives on in Penwortham youth club overhaul

Photo Neil Cross'Cath and Ray Sutton of Sutty's Shooting Stars are completely renovating the youth centre at Penwortham Community Centre
Photo Neil Cross'Cath and Ray Sutton of Sutty's Shooting Stars are completely renovating the youth centre at Penwortham Community Centre
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  • Charity chief says Penwortham Community Youth Club was “dismal” beforhand
  • Thousand of pounds spent renovating the facility for area’s youth
  • Work in memory of 23-year-old Carl Sutton, who wanted to help youngsters achieve their sporting ambitions
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A sports charity is ploughing thousands into a complete renovation of Penwortham Community Youth Club.

Sutty’s Shooting Stars, set up by the parents of Penwortham man Carl Sutton, wants to transform the facilities at Penwortham Community Centre in Kingsfold Drive where the club runs twice a week.

Carl would be made up to know we can help that age group have somewhere nice to go

Cath Sutton, Carl’s mum and chair of the charity, said: “I’ve wanted to do this for a long time. The room was dismal before and it was such a shame because it wasn’t meeting the needs of the kids.

“Now hopefully through sports and play equipment, we can help draw them in.”

As well as a full interior re-paint, there will be a new leather three-piece suite, new table tennis table, a state-of-the-art games machine, a music centre and kitchen equipment, to be unveiled officially on April 9.

The charity has invested £7,000, boosted Barclay’s bank, which has made Sutty’s Shooting Stars it’s small charity of the year for Preston.

Cath said: “It’s a vital facility for the kids in this area, who have been hanging around the streets for a long time. Carl used to hang around Hurst Grange Park because there was nothing for him to do, so he would be made up to know we can help that age group have somewhere nice to go.”

Steve Caswell, Penwortham Town Manager, said: “This is a very popular youth club and we’re pleased such a hard-working local charity has come in to do this work.”

Carl, 23, died in 1999 after an accident in America where he was working as a sports councillor. He wanted to become a PE teacher and help youngsters achieve their sporting ambitions, and the charity was set up to continue this.