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Est 1963

Droylsden Youth Centre is an independent voluntary organization, run totally by unpaid volunteers. It was founded in 1963 and has provided Facilities for the youth of the area up to the present time. The club is affiliated to the National Association of Boys Clubs for young people. The Football Association and Amateur Boxing Association. The club is also a registered charity.

The Centre is a pre-fabricated concrete building constructed circa 1940 with two floodlit out door courts. The Centre currently provides facilities for Boxing and Football serving the youth of the surrounding area.

The building is nearing its life expectancy, and due to its age and type of construction extensive repairs would be required to bring it up to a respectable standard.

The current membership of the club is approximately 400 members with boys from the age 6 upwards. The premises being used every weekday evening and every Saturday and Sunday for either football or boxing which are the two main sports provided for at the Centre.

The club is self- financing, money being raised from member’s subscriptions and social evenings. Whilst the money helps to keep the club going it does not allow us to spend vast amounts on the building, which is in need of constant repair.

The Centre underwent a major re-fit in 2006-07 waiting a start date for the new construction and was re-opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, patron of clubs for young people.

In 2008 the club received the Community partner award which is the highest accolade the FA can bestow on a junior club as part of their charter standard mark; this means the club are one of only a few grass roots clubs in the whole of the greater Manchester to have attained such a high level of excellence and distinction.

Our chief executive officer and one of the Centre’s founder members, Alan Frank Bradbury, was awarded the MBE in June 2007.

The club has ambitious plans for the future that would mean moving the club to new premises adjacent to our present site. Outline planning permission being granted in September 1997.

We are pleased to announce after many years of hard work that we have been given the go ahead and works are due to start on our new £1,500,000 facility on Monday 16th April 2012.

The project is an estimated eight months build, which means we should be in a position to take over our new Centre in January 2013.

We have at Droylsden produced some excellent footballers and boxers that have gone on to professional careers.

The new Centre will now allow us to extend our hand further into the community.

As of February this year we now have coaches working closely with nearby schools and have formed links with our town team Droylsden FC. All this should ensure that local talent has a better chance to flourish as part of our ever growing family over the coming years.

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