New youth zone is set to Inspire town’s youngsters

Launch of th youth zone

Launch of th youth zone

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The name of Chorley’s proposed youth zone has been officially revealed.

More than 20 different names, ideas and designs were narrowed down to six and more than 400 young people voted for their favourite.

It will be called Inspire - Do Your Thing, after the name took more than 60 per cent of the votes.

The youth zone is being created by Chorley Council, the Arts Partnership, Lancashire County Council and OnSide.

It is proposed to open in 2017 on a site on Railway Street, Chorley, currently occupied by the Arts Partnership and the Leigh Arms.

And at the helm will be Andrew Turner, who is chairman of the Chorley Group and now chairman of the project.

Mr Turner, who founded the Chorley Group car dealership, said: “I think it’s a massive boost in terms of facilities available for young people.

“There are lots of kids out there who need something to do, somewhere to go.”

He has already visited Wigan Youth Zone to find out more about it.

“I feel that there is a requirement for a facility of that sort in the Chorley area,” he said.

“It gives them somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. It gives them more of a purpose.”

Andrew Turner

“I was asked to visit Wigan Youth Zone. We had a look at it and was so impressed. I was absolutely amazed at the facility and with the engagement of all the kids down there.”

The youth zone would include a host of facilities, including a sports hall, martial arts space, fitness suite, football pitch and other activity rooms.

There will be 20 activities each night, such as sports, DJing and advice on careers, education and lifestyles.

It will be for young people aged eight to 19 and up to 25 for those with disabilities.

Each visit would cost just 50p.

Mr Turner said: “It gives them somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. It gives them more of a purpose.”

Among Mr Turner’s first tasks will be to assist in securing founder patrons for the youth zone, raising its profile and getting young people involved.

He is also looking for local businesses to get involved with sponsoring and supporting the youth zone.

Previous articles about the youth zone:

Cash will be spent on new youth zone in Chorley

Youth zone will go ahead

£2.4m for Chorley Youth Zone