Young, active and full of fun

Youngsters and team leaders at Spalding Baptist Church Youth Club.
Youngsters and team leaders at Spalding Baptist Church Youth Club.
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Youngsters from secondary schools across South Holland have an open invitation to Spalding Baptist Church Youth Club.

Based in Swan Street, Spalding, the youth club was started in the 1980s and despite changing its format several times, it has stayed active because of the variety of events its offers youngsters aged 11 to 16.

It’s open every Friday night during term time, between 7.30pm and 9.15pm, when youngsters can take part in team games like football, basketball, snooker, table tennis and dodgeball, a form of human skittles where the object of the game is not to be hit with a sponge ball.

There are also electronic games such as Playstation 2, karaoke, darts and board games.

John Chester, one of the youth leaders, said: “You don’t have to go to church to join the club and, in fact, for most of our youngsters, this is the only time they come near a church building.

“There is plenty to keep everyone occupied, including a Singstar microphone for karaoke-style singing, a tuck shop that is open all evening and sells soft drinks, crisps and sweets, a chill and chat area with giant beanbags and a special activity each half term.

“These include ten-pin bowling, pizza and ice cream feast, a visit to LaserStorm, Weston, and a summer barbecue.”

The cost is just £1 per session and for more details, call the church on 01775 714546.