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For last week's half term break Westside Youth Club and Gunnersbury Baptist Church linked up to offer young people 4 days of football coaching and competitions. The week finished off with a pizza supper and prize giving evening in the Dukes Meadows Centre.

Kelvin Fearon, a Youth Leader at Westside commented, "we had over 40 young people attend across the 4 days, they really enjoyed it, even though the weather wasn't great. We really appreciate Gunnersbury Church taking the time and making the effort to enable us to put the programme on."

Westside is funded by Intelsat an international telecommunications business based in Chiswick Business Park and provides a place for young people to meet and socialise in a safe and welcoming environment.

Thanks to the donation professional youth workers now co-ordinate new activities and offer training to the volunteers. Designed as a social outlet for young people aged 12-18 from three local housing estates, the project aims to enhance community spirit, teach new skills and produce a sense of direction and opportunity.

Activities include snooker, pool, table football and mixing decks. The youth workers are also keen to get involved with the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme.

The Westside Youth Club - named by the teenagers themselves - is open every Friday from 7.00pm-10.00pm and entrance costs just 50p.

February 25, 2005