Naylor Industries Plc Becomes Capital Supporter of Barnsley Youth Zone

31st January 2024

Sheffield Chamber Premium Partner Naylor Industries has become a capital supporter of Barnsley Youth Zone, lending early backing to this initiative to provide a suite of outstanding facilities and opportunities for the town’s young people.

As a capital supporter, Naylor is contributing towards the building costs of the new Youth Zone, which will form part of the 'Onside' network of 14 Youth Zones strategically situated in some of the UK's most economically disadvantaged areas, providing support for over 50,000  young people each year

Once opened, Barnsley Youth Zone will be an independent charity with a private-sector led board. The Youth Zones are open to young people aged between eight and 19 (up to 25 for those with additional needs), seven days a week. 

For just 50p per visit members will have access to an indoor climbing wall, four court sports hall, training kitchen, music room with a recording studio, fully equipped gym, dance and drama studio, 3G kick pitch, arts and crafts room, and an enterprise and employability suite.  

In addition to the incredible facilities, trained youth workers and dedicated volunteers will be available seven days a week to offer guidance and support to help Barnsley’s young people to thrive. It will create permanent full and part-time jobs, as well as volunteering opportunities.  

When asked about the new partnership with Barnsley Youth Zone, CEO Edward Naylor said: “We think this is a fantastic initiative and see the Youth Zone as having an important role to play in terms of helping the young people of Barnsley fulfil their potential”

OnSide Chief Executive Jamie Masraff said: “I’d like to say a huge thank-you to Naylor Industries and their team for their generous support and for investing in the next generation of local young people. Barnsley Youth Zone will provide the very best facilities, support and opportunities – it will be the place that the town’s young people deserve and the support of our local businesses is essential to its success.”

Naylors contribution to building costs means that all of those costs for the Youth Zone have now been raised. Focus turns to raising the annual running costs, which will come from private sector and philanthropic donations, including a contribution from Barnsley Council. Work is set to start on site in the Spring and the Youth Zone is due to open in 2025.


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