Youth club on the move

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A YOUTH club is set to open in the centre of Sudbury.

The Hub – formerly based at Sudbury Upper School – is moving to Belle Vue House and is due to open at the end of next month.

Rooms in the house are currently being redecorated, and will boast new equipment, including a flatscreen TV and music system, donated from the town’s two rotary clubs.

The club, aimed at teenagers aged between 13 and 17, will open every Friday between 7pm and 9.30pm, with the nearby BMX park also remaining open and lit during this time.

Stephanie Lloyd, Babergh District Council’s community development officer, said the club – part of Babergh’s Be Active scheme – had received a £5,000 grant from Suffolk County Council to run for the first year.

“We want to get teenagers involved in this,” she said. “As well as laptops, DJ equipment and a pool table, there will be educational stuff to encourage them to become sports coaches or volunteers.

“The club will hopefully stop youngsters hanging around in the town centre, as they have nothing better to do, and will be a real positive step.”

Justin Carter, project leader for the club, said youngsters had welcomed the move and many were running events to raise money for equipment.

“It will be fantastic to have such a central and safe environment for the kids to come to chill out and get advice,” he said.

“The facilities are all in place and this is something that is needed and the kids want. It should address some anti-social issues and I am looking forward to it opening.”

John Sayers, a Sudbury town councillor who has been a long-term advocate of setting up a youth club at Belle Vue, said he believed the switch would lead to a rise in teenagers using the facility.

“This is the start of something bigger and I think the club will expand in time,” he said.

“It is long overdue, as the space has been vacant for a long time, and is fantastic news.”