Long Lawford youngsters to get new club

Opening night @ F.O.L.L.Y
Opening night @ F.O.L.L.Y

AFTER becoming fed up with youngsters in Long Lawford having nothing to do, three mothers have set up a youth club.

Focus on Long Lawford Youth (Folly) offers 11 to 16-year-olds a chance to socialise and play pool or table tennis once a week in the pavilion at Lawford’s King George playing field. Teresa Taylor, who runs the club with Zoe Smith and Jo Britton, has been trying to set up a club since 2008 and succeeded last week when the it opened for the first time.

Teresa said: “Since I moved to Long Lawford 12 years ago there has been nothing for youngsters to do here and I’m hoping this club can make a big difference for everyone who lives here.”

The club was made possible thanks to a £800 start-up grant from Long Lawford Parish Council and the help of Warwickshire County Council’s Ellie Orton and parish clerk Debbie Groves.

Teresa added: “We’ll be providing a pool table, donated by Ashlawn School, table tennis, things like board games and a space for younger people to socialise. We’ve avoided things like Xboxes because we want the members of the group to interact. At the moment there’s not very many opportunities in this part of Rugby to do that.

“We’re starting off small but we’re hoping the group will expand and get bigger as more people find out about it and we get more volunteers and funding. If anyone’s interested in helping us then we’d be delighted to hear from them.”

Membership to the club, which runs on Wednesday nights costs £1.50 for the first session and then £1 a week thereafter. For more information about volunteering at the club, call 07407 257682.