Fight to save youth club that Frankie opened

Double Six Youth Club 8. Double Six Youth Club, Chesterfield Road.  Copy pic of Franki Vaughan opening  the club
Double Six Youth Club 8. Double Six Youth Club, Chesterfield Road. Copy pic of Franki Vaughan opening the club

A SHEFFIELD youth club is fighting for survival 46 years after it was created.

Organisers of Double Six youth club – named after the year it was opened as a boys’ club – is due to run out money by the end of the year.

The opening ceremony, in a former Methodist Church in Scarsdale Road, Woodseats, was performed by singer Frankie Vaughan, who was a prominent supporter of boys’ clubs throughout his career.

Part of the National Association of Youth Clubs, it became a mixed club in the 70s and now offers five sessions a week, attracting around 45 to 50 young people to each session.

Members are offered traditional activities such as pool football and table tennis and given advice on issues such as sexual behaviour and avoiding drugs and anti-social behaviour. Ten young people acts as peer mentors.

Vegetables are grown in a community garden, with donations to the Salvation Army.

Youth worker Richard Hay said it would be “devastating” if Double Six closed.

But he said: “We have got funding until the end of the month and no funding secured after that. The different pots of money to apply to have been slowly disappearing.

“People from the community have come forward to do repairs for free, which is a massive help. But it’s a like a bucket with a hole in the bottom, which we are forever shoving money into.”

In the past, funds have come from sources such as Sheffield Homes’ Your Community, Your Choice programme and the council. The club has made applications to an number of sources but won’t find out if it has been successful until the summer.

Local MP Meg Munn is appealing for help to try to save the club. She was contacted by young people from the club, which attracts members from Heeley, Jordanthorpe, Lowedges, Batemoor, Arbourthorne and Gleadless Valley.

She said: “The Double Six youth club serves a vital role in the local community, providing young people with the chance to take part in a range of activities and giving them a safe place to go. The club only costs £12,000 to run for a whole year and it would be fantastic if they could get support from local businesses, charitable trusts or individuals – no matter how large or small.

“It would be a real loss to our community if the club closes.”

Anybody who can help can contact Richard Hay on 07545 962015.