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Friday night is more than alright for our young people

05 March 2020

• Some of the young people at the friday Night Project at Rochdale Leisure Centre with councillors.

Over 250 young people are now regularly attending the council's Friday Night Project sessions at Rochdale Leisure Centre and Heywood Sports Village.

Council leader Councillor Allen Brett, along with cabinet member for children's services, Councillor Kieran Heakin, and his deputy, Councillor Rachel Massey, were recently given a tour of both centres seeing 1st-hand the popular activities available for the borough's young people.

'We are so proud of the success of this work, it is testament to the quality of our youth service'

Councillor Brett, said: "It was delightful to see so many young people engaged in our services and clearly enjoying themselves. The Friday Night Project offers a great mix of fun, fitness and friendship as well as providing fantastic access to qualified youth workers. We are so proud of the success of this work, it is testament the quality of our youth service."

The sessions are supported by Link4Life with their use of the buildings and equipment and sports coaches. The Friday Night Project at Rochdale Leisure Centre offers young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 for those with Special Educational Needs or SEN) gym, swim, dance, table tennis, basketball and football with Rochdale AFC.

At Heywood Sports village there is football, basketball, table tennis, gym, music production and pool.

All sessions are available for just £1 per evening.

Coucillor Allen Brett playing ping pong.

'I love coming here on a Friday, there's lots going on and I've made new friends and the youth service staff are really supportive'

Roxi Wright and Mia Grace Kelly attend Heywood Friday Night Project, and showed the councillors round. Mia said: "I love coming here on a Friday, there's lots going on and I've made new friends and the youth service staff are really supportive. Through coming her I have developed skills and confidence that has enabled me to show our guests round."

The council's youth service provides events and activities all year round for young people across the borough. It offers and extensive programme including short breaks, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, bike clubs, creative art sessions and SEN ability groups. They take place in their youth centres across the borough or out and about at local parks.