A new youth club for the Fylde Coast has got off to a flying start, reaching 47 young people in just one week.

Youth Base, in the newly renovated Community Pavilion in Hope Street Park, provides a safe and fun environment for young people to learn new skills and make friends.

There, young people can take part in a range of activities, including arts and crafts, sports and video games, while there will also be regular movie and theme nights.

The youth club is led by Nathaneal Howell, who has 10 years of experience working with young people, along with community development worker, Kay Benham.

Sessions run on Tuesdays from 6pm – 8pm for 7 to 10 year olds and on Fridays from 6pm – 8pm for 11 to 14 year olds. The youth club is funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office.

Nathaneal outlined his hopes for the youth club, saying: “Youth Base will encourage young people to take pride in their community and to be a bigger part of it. It’ll also be the perfect place for them to express themselves while meeting new people and gaining valuable social skills. We hope it will become a real highlight of their week.”

Tom Hutton, director of community development at the AFC Fylde Community Foundation, said: “This new youth club is just one of the ways we help enrich young people’s lives in Fylde. The first sessions went down really well and we’re hoping to see an equally good turnout next week and beyond.”

For more information on how to get involved with the AFC Community Foundation, please visit www.afcfyldefoundation.co.uk, follow on Twitter @afcfct or call Tom Hutton on 07739 796 101.