Canvas proudly offer people the very best venues that the capital has to offer, appealing to all tastes and budgets. As such, the sports halls featured below are all at the top of their game, with something for everyone; be it the bright contemporary feel of LDA Studios or the industrial, stripped back feel of BoxVille that most appeals. All found in prime city locations, you can expect the very best in terms of convenience when it comes to local transport links and amenities.
North West London
We combine the best eat drink play experiences to cater for any type of private event. The team are on hand every step to plan an amazing event in our unique spaces. From drinks receptions, conferences, meetings to experiential brand activations and full venue takeovers for up to 2500. Along side our exclusive drinks you a can choose from any of our curated street food inspired vendors covering cuisines spanning the world to cater for you and your guests. Full venue takeovers also include exclusive use of a VR experience and Axe throwing, great for an experience within your event.
Embodying all the elegance and grace of the Edwardian era, this period venue exhibits immense light and sophistication, creating a simply breath-taking effect for your event. The Lindley Hall is an iconic venue in central London providing the perfect setting for any occasion. The venue has capacity for up to 700 guests and is entirely flexible; perfectly suited to a truly unique event.
Have you always wanted to give something back to your community? Have you noticed a lack of activities for young people to do in your area or groups for them to get involved in? If so, then why not set up your own youth club? It’s not as difficult as it sounds, and you can be proactive about bringing young people together in a community and giving them a safe space where they can be themselves and unwind from the stresses of the week.
Decide What You Want the Club to Be About
Many youth clubs are created for a specific purpose and feature particular activities. Before you take any steps towards actually setting up yours, you need to decide what you want your club to represent. If a youth asked you what your club was about, how would you answer them? No one is going to be interested in joining unless they have an idea of what’s going to happen when they get there. If you’re unsure of what activities youths would like to get involved in, the easiest way to get answers is by asking them. You might get some surprising answers! Sports activities are always popular however, particularly something that can be started from scratch, with no skill level, and then moving up. This teaches both teamwork and comradeship and is a great way to let off some steam.
Contact the Authorities
There are a lot of rules and regulations when it comes to working with children, so in order to make sure that you are following the right procedure and doing everything by the book, you need to get in contact with your local council and ask their advice on the best way to proceed. You’ll probably discover that setting up a new youth club isn’t so difficult after all! There will be differences depending on whether you are associated with a non-profit or not, but apart from that there is the general vetting to work with children and young people. Of course, there is also the all-important insurance, which is a strict requirement for any youth club. Your local authority will be able to provide you with all the information you need to get started.
Search for a Venue
Every youth club needs the perfect venue for it to work. The type of place that you go for will of course depend on the activities that you want to run, as well as the area that you want to set up in. There’s no point in having a venue that’s too far away to travel when you are advertising to youths from a particular area. This will narrow down your options somewhat, but there should still be load of different venues available to you. Sports halls are always popular for this type of gathering. Not only can you play your sport of choice, but they are suitable for all times of year, and you don’t need as much specialist outside clothing to get stuck in! There’s a good range of sports halls for hire in London, so there’s every chance that one will be available in your area.
Get Some Sponsorship
A youth club can’t run on air, and even if you are already associated with a non-profit, the likelihood is that you are going to need sponsorship in order to get your youth club off the ground. Start by contacting local businesses. You might be surprised by how many want to be able to give back to their local community but are unsure of the best way to do that. By subsidising a youth club, they are improving the community and the lives of the young people who live there. There are other grants that you can get as well, for example National Lottery Funding, although some of these will need to wait until you are more established, and you can fill out the application form with more details of what you do month to month.
No youth club can be managed on its own, you will need to establish a board as well as volunteers on the night to help you run things. The board will consist of a secretary, chairperson and treasurer as well as other members. It will help plan for the future as well as assess how the club has been performing. This may seem overly formal, but it’s important that you have this in place as you’ll soon find it to be much more helpful than you might think at first. Volunteers on the night should have experience in youth work. If you are focusing on a particular sport or activity, you’ll also need to have volunteers who are experts in this so that your young people are actually getting something out of the whole experience.
Get the Word Out
You’re not going to have much of a youth club if no one shows up, so you’ll need to do your best to get the word out there. Social media is going to be a big help when it comes to advertising to young people, but never underestimate the power that a printed flyer still holds. Having them in schools and other areas were young people might be will help you to get the initial members coming along to your group. Once you start to get some attendees who enjoy your club, then the word will quickly spread to their friends and you’ll have a full house in no time at all.
Starting a youth club is a great way to give something back, and if it is sports related then you are teaching the young people some valuable skills that they will need later on in life. If you’ve been considering the idea for a while, why not take the plunge and make a difference to your community?