A YOUTH club has been officially opened.

Burnham Youth Club, in Minniecroft Road, was closed down for some months for major renovation works, and was re-opened some weeks ago, prior to its official opening ceremony last Thursday.

The club has seen huge improvements, now featuring a games room with two pool tables, a sound studio, and a kickboxing gym.

Paul Sherriff, the leader of the board of governors, opened the facility to parents, councillors, and representatives of key sponsors such as the Burnham Beeches Rotary Club and the local chapter of the Lions. In his opening speech, Mr Sherriff said: “Ten months ago, many people believed this youth centre would never open again. But with the hard work of our management team, all the local support, and the help of our trustees, we have proved our detractors wrong, and are open once more.”

“Over a hundred people attend the youth club every week. We still have some way to go – getting more young people over 13 involved, there lies the challenge.

“It will cost £25,000 each year to keep the club open, and that’s just to keep us standing still. We will be holding events throughout the year to raise money, and will be seeking sponsorship too.”

The guest of honour was actor Will Mellor, who unveiled the plaque to mark the official opening. Mr Mellor said: “I want to be involved in the community, and I’ll be coming down here often to help out. When I was young, youth clubs like this were massive for us.”

Youth leader Rebecca Acres, 23, said: “In here we have kickboxing, a sound studio, a computer suite, pool tables – it’s a great place. In the summer we are hoping to hold a disco too.

“Throughout the week, the number of people here ranges from 22, to 43 on busy days. Were still looking for more seniors (13+) and more volunteers.”

Interested volunteers should contact Mr Sherriff on paulsherriff@hotmail.com