World-class youth development completed at Wigan

Manchester-based building contractors, Tolent Construction, have completed the construction of the UK’s largest youth club at Wigan Youth Zone.

Officially open from 8 June, the 3,400-square metre development at Mesnes Field is the latest bespoke facility in a network of North West Youth Zone Projects set up by the OnSide charity. As OnSide’s first youth centre to be largely funded by private sector money, it will provide world-class recreational amenities incorporating sport, music and art studios, a climbing wall, all-weather pitches and improved green public spaces. The scheme is the brainchild of owner and chairman of Wigan Athletic Football Club, Dave Whelan, who has with Martin and Bill Ainscough, donated over half of the £6.5m costs.

Tolent Regional Director, Mike Dunn, said:

“Tolent Construction are proud to be involved in the development of such an important community resource which is helping to set new standards for facilities of its kind. Wigan Youth Zone is the second North West Youth Zone Project built by Tolent – last year we completed the Factory Youth Zone in Harpurhey, Manchester. By offering a huge range of positive activities as well as advice and guidance for young people, amenities like these are more valuable than ever for our local communities.”

Martin Ainscough said:

“The Youth Zone is going to be a huge asset for Wigan. A large number of people have helped to make this all happen. These are tremendous facilities that will give our young people so many new interests and outlets.”

Mr Whelan said:

“This place is the best of its kind in Europe. I went to the old Wigan Boys’ Club as a young lad and it turned my life around.”