Litter pick held as club expands its activities

South Kirkby Youth Club Association are given land to run sports events and activities, and hold a litter pick day to tidy the land up and help get local youngsters involved.'Pictured: Logan Gill.'h309a421
South Kirkby Youth Club Association are given land to run sports events and activities, and hold a litter pick day to tidy the land up and help get local youngsters involved.'Pictured: Logan Gill.'h309a421

Youngsters cleared litter from a patch of land next to their youth club which is set to be used for sporting activities.

Around 20 children took part in a litter pick at South Kirkby Youth Club Association and surrounding streets.

The club, which moved from Burntwood Community Centre to a premises on Mill Lane in February, is expanding the activities it offers to youngsters aged 19 and under.

The litter pick was supported by the police and Wakefield and District Housing.

Diane Tyrone, youth leader at the club, said: “We did the litter pick because there were a lot of bottles and other rubbish on the field.

“The kids really enjoyed it. We collected about 20 bags of rubbish from the field and around the estate.

“We had a picnic lunch afterwards and played some sports on the field.”

The club is open every day from 7pm for children aged 13 and over, from 5pm-7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays for five to eight-year-olds and from 5pm-7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for kids aged between nine and 12.

Mrs Tyrone, who runs the club with manager Becky Cartwright, said baking, sports and arts and crafts were among activities at the club, which has internet access, a big screen television and pool table.

Jumble sales are also being organised on Saturday mornings, starting at 11am on June 14, to raise funds for the club.

Mrs Tyrone added: “The club is doing really well and a lot of kids come along, but we are struggling for funding.

“The jumble sales will be held every Saturday morning to raise money for the club.”