Croydon’s Legacy Youth Zone has been boosted by the support of housing developer Redrow.
The company has come onboard as a Founder Patron which means the company will be contributing £25,000 per year for three years towards the Youth Zone’s annual £1million revenue costs.
The facility’s £6million building costs have been funded by Croydon Council, the Queen’s Trust, the Stone Family Foundation and The Fidelity UK Foundation. The Council is also contributing £300,000 towards the annual £1million revenue costs.
It will offer Croydon’s young people somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to with activities and facilities ranging from sports on a 3G kick pitch, in the four-court sports hall and on the giant climbing wall to enterprise and employability opportunities, arts, music, cooking and martial arts as well as inclusive activities for young people with additional needs.
The Youth Zone, which will be located in Thornton Heath where Whitehorse Road meets Boulogne Road, will be open seven days a week for young people between 8 and 19, and up to 25 for those with additional needs. Young people will pay just £5 per year to be a member and then only 50p every time they visit.
Croydon Youth Zone is being developed by the national charity OnSide, which has developed a successful and thriving network of similar Youth Zones across the North West and Midlands. Legacy will be one of London’s first Youth Zones.
Croydon Youth Zone Chair Nick Sleep said: “It is wonderful that Redrow is supporting Croydon’s young people by investing in our OnSide Youth Zone. For Legacy to be the success we are sure it will be, it is vital that we have the backing of local businesses in Croydon. We are extremely grateful to everyone at Redrow for their generosity.”
Jessica Chapple, Marketing Manager at Redrow, commented: “We are committed to creating more than just new residential developments, but also vibrant and dynamic communities and Croydon is one of the UK’s most exciting urban centers. We are delighted to be able to give something back to the community to support a sustainable future for children and teenagers growing up in the area.”
Representatives from Redrow met with the Croydon Young People’s Development Group to hand over the cheque.
Member Rhianna Odartey said: “Meeting the Redrow team was great as it was good to see that a lot of people care about this younger generation.”
Angel Chizea said: “It was a complete delight to meet Redrow knowing we will be working hand in hand with them in developing Croyond Youth Zone.”