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THE QUEEN’S TRUST

The Queen’s Trust is investing £2.1million towards both the capital and revenue costs of the Youth Zone. Nicola Brentnall MVO, Director of The Queen’s Trust said: Independent research shows that OnSide’s offer helps young people feel fitter, happier, more self-confident and able to perform better at school. They also help young people get jobs and into further education – and all this wrapped up in a great leisure time offer that is helping whole communities. The Queen’s Trust is supporting OnSide to open new centres in the North-West. We are delighted to help Barking and Dagenham get the first Youth Zone going in the Capital, to help our local young people get ahead.”

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BARKING AND DAGENHAM COUNCIL

Barking and Dagenham Council is due to invest £3million towards the Youth Zone development costs as well as providing the site. Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, said: “This project is a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to provide our young people with access to an inspiring, quality and affordable facility. With the highest percentage of 0-19 year olds in the country, we must ensure our young people have access to the best opportunities as they grow-up. By providing an OnSide Youth Zone for use in their leisure time, we can achieve sustainable and brilliant outcomes not only for young people, but for the whole community, helping to raise the aspirations of our future generations.”

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JACK PETCHEY FOUNDATION

Jack Petchey Foundation is contributing £1.5million of match funding towards the building costs. Jack Petchey CBE, Patron of the Jack Petchey Foundation said: “We have a particular interest in the East End of London and want to ensure that young people are engaged in positive activities that raise their aspirations. We have long admired the work of Bolton Lads and Girls Club and now that OnSide is seeking a similar development in the East End of London, we are particularly excited about being involved in the first club built on this model in our capital city. Given that Barking and Dagenham has celebrating its 50th anniversary, it was the perfect time to pledge our support for the first London Youth Zone in their borough.”

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