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Clayton Community Centre calls for locals to get involved after £250k investment

Over the last year, Clayton Community Centre has gone from being council-owned to becoming a Hyndburn Leisure facility: a move that’s enabled a huge amount of investment into the Centre, and benefiting the surrounding area to boot.

Now owned and run by the Trust, this well-loved community centre is set to receive more than £250k in funding, secured from applications to Sport England, Lancashire Environment Fund, and the Community Ownership Fund.

Hyndburn Leisure’s CEO, Lyndsey Sims, said, “Hyndburn Leisure’s sole goal is to improve lives and wellbeing in our local community. Securing this new funding means we can make real change happen for Clayton-le-Moors, to help people get healthier, come together, and feel connected to their community.”

The investment is part of a much bigger picture: The Leisure Transformation Scheme, which will see over £13.98 million injected into improving leisure facilities across the whole borough. In Clayton-le-Moors, local people will have access to a number of new and refurbished spaces, allowing individuals and groups to connect in a welcoming environment through a wide variety of positive activities.

One group already seeing a positive change is Clayton Amateur Boxing Club. “Our relocation to Clayton Community Centre not only means that we can help more people, but that we can also expand our offering – including encouraging more girls and women to get involved with our programmes. Through investing in high-quality equipment, we’ll also be able to provide opportunities for young people and adults with disabilities or additional needs,” says John Brindle, the club’s Head Coach and Secretary.

Although operated by Hyndburn Leisure, Clayton Community Centre is still very much in the hands of its local residents. It remains a valuable resource for Clayton-le-Moors, and the £250k funding is earmarked solely for the Centre’s improvement.

As a community facility, Clayton Community Centre needs community engagement to see it thrive. That’s why Hyndburn Leisure is establishing a ‘Friends of Clayton Community Centre’ group, and are looking to fill a number of essential roles, including a Chairperson. This will allow the Centre to apply for a broader range of funding opportunities in the future, helping guarantee its continued success.

They also want local volunteers to get involved with activities and services provided and give feedback and suggestions, so that they can continue to offer what the community wants and needs.

Finally, they’re currently offering low hire costs for people looking to book a venue for a community session, club activity or corporate event.

For further information or to get involved in any of these new initiatives, please email community@hyndburnleisure.co.uk.

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