A major refurbishment has given a Chichester club an exciting future.
The trustees of Chichester Boys’ Club raised thousands of pounds from a range of funders for the revamp. A spokesman said: “The boys’ club has been serving the young people of the city, both boys and, latterly, girls too, since 1922.
“Whilst we remain loyal to our original aim of promoting the mental, physical and spiritual well-being of local youngsters, we now face an even more exciting future having just undergone a major rebuilding and refurbishment programme.
“With funding a major issue, the club has successfully sought grants and donations from a huge range of sources, not least the city and district councils and from many notable local charitable benefactors.”
The club is located in Little London, just off East Street, and caters for nine to 18-year-olds. As part of its upgrade, eye-catching posters have been added to its frontage to advertise its facilities.
Given to the young people of Chichester by Basil Shippam and an ancestor of the Duke of Richmond and Gordon, the club has been run by Chichester Rotary Club, which remains its staunchest supporter.
The club is organised as a self-supporting charity with trustees and a management committee. It employs fully-trained staff to replace the youth workers once provided by the county council.
A wide range of activities is offered. These vary from boxing to football, table tennis, pool and darts. Cooking is also popular, along with arts and crafts. Groups meet according to their age.