Get skates on to help fund facility

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A NEW community facility could be built in North Shields – if enough residents support the proposals over a three-day period.

Officials at the YMCA North Tyneside have drawn up plans for a £100,000 state-of-the-art indoor urban mix, arts and skate centre in North Shields, offering skateboarding, BMX, scooter, graffiti art, DJ, street dance and free running facilities.

The project will aim to give young people somewhere safe and secure to go, rather than socialising on the streets or using potentially hazardous outdoor facilities.

The scheme is one of 30 around the country to be shortlisted by the Garfield Western Foundation for their Match Funded Challenge – meaning the YMCA will need to help of local residents to raise the necessary funds to be eligible for a grant.

They are aiming to raise an initial £40,000 – which will be matched by the Foundation – with a limit of £3,000 per donor.

But they only have three days to attract the donations, with the funds being released on a first come, first served basis at 10am each day from Monday, December 5, to Wednesday, December 7.

Dean Titterton, pictured, chief executive of YMCA North Tyneside, said: “We are committed to helping develop the young people of the area.

“This project will use challenging sports and activities as a way of educating and inspiring young people of our area, and with BMX in next year’s Olympics and the growth of X Games-style sports, this facility will offer young people a place to belong, contribute and thrive all year round.

“This project will accommodate and cater for people from all walks of life and abilities and will have facilities for those with a disability.”

To make a donation during the three days, visit www.thebiggive.org.uk/donate/ymcanorthtyneside

For more information on YMCA North Tyneside visit www.ymcanorthtyneside.org