Young people from were proud to reveal their specially-designed hoardings at the site of Legacy Youth Zone.

The hoardings displayed around the site showcase young people’s vision for the new £6.5million youth zone, set to open in 2019.

Working in collaboration with award-winning design agency ZAK, members of the Youth Zone’s Young People’s Development Group were keen to highlight the amazing opportunities that Legacy Youth Zone will provide for thousands of young people in the area.

Currently, under construction, Legacy, located on Whitehorse Road in Selhurst, is being developed by the national charity Youth Zones, in strategic partnership with Croydon Council which has contributed half of the facility’s £6.5million construction costs. The rest has been supplied by a number of trusts and grants.

Open seven days per week, young people aged 8-19 and up to 25 for those with additional needs, will have access to over 20 activities every evening including sports, arts, music, dance, drama, climbing, cooking and more for just 50p per visit.

The boards, which adorn the site hoardings, portray three key themes: the Youth Zone’s brand Legacy, which the young people came up with; the Youth Zone’s offer; and the young people’s pride in their borough.

Development Group member 15-year-old Angel Chizea said: “We went to ZAK agency who helped us create these beautiful hoardings. During the sessions we spoke about what Croydon meant to us and what Legacy and OnSide meant to us. We came up with a group decision about the graphics and I think they look great. I’m so excited for the new Youth Zone to be built and all the opportunities it will give the young people in Croydon, I’m very sure it will make a very good impact on all their lives.”

Louise Ormerod, Senior Designer at ZAK, said: “I really enjoyed working with the young people over our sessions. I put together some mood boards from their ideas and they came up with all of these designs which I brought to life. They did a really good job, the colours look good and their ideas were great.”

Louise was joined by the Development Group on site this week to show off the designs to Youth Zone CEO Barnabas Shelbourne and Cllr Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for Children, Young People and Learning.

Barnabas said: “We’re really excited to have the new hoardings up which the young people have been working with ZAK on, they look amazing! They are really bold, simple and tell people what we are all about and what we’re trying to do. I want to say a huge thank you to the Development Group for their work on this and also to ZAK Agency who have given their time and expertise to create something so special that we will keep forever in the Youth Zone once we move inside next year!”

Cllr Flemming said: “I’m delighted to see our new state-of-the-art Youth Zone progressing at pace, and these fantastic hoardings designed by some of our young people, which will brighten up the site while work is underway. The designs demonstrate their talent as well as their pride in their new centre – it’s wonderful to see.”

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