Youth Club History

St Peter's Youth Club was first established in 1979. The two port' cabins which currently accommodates the young people were once used as temporary office premises. It was purchased from a local company and subsequently transported to its present site inside St Peter's GAC perimeter wall and close to the Club's other facilities. The premises comprise - two games rooms, two toilets, a TV/Committee room and a small office cum tuck shop. In the early nineties the accommodation was refurbished with the financial assistance of St Peter's Social Club and with the hands-on support of a number of committed members. The accommodation, while not quite adequate, has served the Youth Club well over the years.

The Youth Club has a small-dedicated Committee supported by a team of qualified youth leaders and volunteers, who together, work in partnership with the Club’s Youth Development Officer, members' parents and the local community. Affiliated to St Peter's GAC, the Youth Club has its own constitution which reads in part:

"To provide, maintain and promote facilities and activities of a social, spiritual, educational and recreational nature with the object of improving the conditions of life of children and young people without distinction of gender, political, religious or other opinions".

In support of this aim, the Youth Club welcomes all children who are 8 to 18 years of age irrespective of their religion and/or their ability or otherwise to participate in the Youth Club's programme of activities. The Club is open 9 hours each week - Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Membership is currently over 70, with a ratio of 60:40 in favour of girls. The Club also serves as a base for St Peter's under-age football teams.

Despite the limited facilities, the Youth Club's programme covers a wide range of activities, including - drama, song and dance; culture, arts and crafts; all types of sport - football, table-tennis, basketball, netball, athletics, pool and snooker; quiz nights and group discussions on a range of issues; single and cross-community identity projects which provides the children with greater understanding and tolerance of their and other peoples' culture and traditions; and trips to various locations both locally and farther afield. The Youth Club also invites speakers from outside agencies to address the children and, if appropriate, their parents and others from the Community, for example a recent session dealing with drugs and alcohol abuse. The Youth Club is registered with the Southern Education & Library Board for Northern Ireland, and is also a registered charity with the Inland Revenue. In addition, it is an official fund-raiser for Child-line Northern Ireland and over the years has spearheaded a number of fund raising events for Child-line and other causes,

The 2010 Committee charged with managing the Youth Club - Laurence O'Connor, Denise Lavery, Annette Mulholland, Fiona Thompson, Alfie Hannaway and Jimmy Magee - has ambitions to develop the Club's programme of activities and at the same time attract more members. The construction of purpose built, state-of-the-art facilities that are now available will enable the Youth Club Committee to realise these ambitions.