35 years after her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, opened the YMCA’s Edinburgh tower on Harding Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent the Princess Royal will will officially open North Staffordshire’s new YMCA campus on Friday.
The £9.5 million campus provides first class learning and sports facilities along with new independent living apartments for young people who are ready to move on from the YMCA hostel accommodation.
Danny Flynn, Chief Executive of YMCA North Staffordshire, said
The Harding Road development is a major investment in youth provision and is a new beginning for the YMCA in North Staffordshire.
For some years now the YMCA in Stoke-on-Trent has been moving from an accommodation service to a development service.
This new complex will change the whole feel of our service and allow us to bring hope to scores of young people who may have not had the best starts in life.
We are honoured that the Princess Royal will follow in her father’s footsteps by performing the official opening ceremony.
The Youth Campus – next to the YMCA’s Edinburgh House tower block, in Harding Road, Hanley – will benefit city residents as well as people being looked after by the YMCA as many of the facilities are open to the public.
The Youth Campus includes:
- A library
- A learning zone
- Meeting facilities
- A gym
- Large sports hall
- A climbing wall
- An Internet community radio station
It was funded by the Government’s myplace programme following a bid by Stoke-on-Trent City Council on behalf of the YMCA.
During her visit the Princess Royal will watch YMCA residents show off their skills on the centre’s new climbing wall, visit the radio station, see a demonstration from the Stoke Spitfire’s wheelchair basketball team and football coaching from North Staffordshire based Sporting Ventures.