New youth center planned for Ely, Cardiff, with music studio, gym and climbing wall

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A new youth center is planned for Ely in Cardiff with a music studio, gym, gym and climbing wall.

The youth zone could include a music room with instruments and recording equipment, an all-weather football pitch and a fully equipped kitchen. Access would cost around 50p per day.

It would be set up by Cardiff Council and the OnSide charity, before handing over responsibility to a newly created local charity. It is not yet known where in Ely it would be built.

There are 14 other Youth Zones already set up by OnSide in England, but that of Cardiff would be the first in Wales. It would be open to young people aged 8 to 19 every day.

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Councilor Sarah Merry, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “The Youth Zone concept sounds like an exciting opportunity that we want to explore in detail. We already have fantastic services for young people in Cardiff, which were rightly praised in a recent Estyn report, but we are always looking for opportunities to improve and extend the offer.

Benefits to the wider community, according to the council, would include better health, better school attendance, less crime and anti-social behavior and improved skills.

The council will bid for funding for the youth center from the Westminster Leveling Fund and the Shared Prosperity Fund, created to replace EU funding. If successful, the construction costs would be shared between the council and the OnSide charity.

Cllr Lynda Thorne, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “The Youth Zones we have reviewed have been a great success, offering fantastic facilities and activities for young people. They encourage local ownership and a sense of pride and have been seen as a positive force for good in communities.

“I look forward to hearing more about the positive impact they are having on communities and how we can make it work for Cardiff.”

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