Newark’s £17million community centre ‘will give hope to young people’

Artist impression of the YMCA's Community and Activity Village

Work will start on phase two of the YMCA’s ambitious new sport and education centre in Newark after delays caused by the pandemic.

The multi-million pound scheme aims to provide opportunities for local young people, including hundreds of jobs and apprenticeships.

Work on the main building of the Community and Activity Village has been confirmed to start in early February.

The complex, based on Lord Hawke Way off Bowbridge Road in Newark, is already home to  athletic tracks, a multi-use games area and two 3G pitches.

Work will start on the main building in February

Plans for phase two include an Olympic-sized climbing wall, art and music studios, a 300-seat conference space, nursey and a café.

Todd Cauthorn, Executive Director of YMCA Newark and Sherwood said: “We really want something that is a place where people can come and enables them to belong.

“Young people could use something like this to give them a renewed sense of purpose.”


By creating jobs and offering apprenticeships, it’s hoped the village will improve Newark’s social mobility, the movement of people up or down the social ladder.

Todd says: “On the social mobility scale, Newark ranks 323rd of 324 in the country.

“It’s about creating something that gives young people the hope that they can change their life situation.”

Plans include an Olympic-sized climbing wall

David Lloyd, Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council added: “It’s more than a building.

“This development will house those many activities which will engage with local people of all ages but specifically those sometimes referred to as ‘hard to reach’.”

It’s hoped the building will be completed by Spring 2022.

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