Royal Visit for Wythenshawe youth club

Posted: 30/01/2023

Norbrook Youth Club, based in Northern Moor, welcomed His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen Consort to the club to hear about its support for young people.

Accompanied by England football manager and Prince’s Trust ambassador Gareth Southgate, the royal party heard about the club’s initiatives to encourage a love of reading by making books accessible, and how the club fosters health and wellbeing through physical activities and friendship.  

The King met with young people supported by The Prince’s Trust while children from St Peter’s primary school in Wythenshawe enjoyed exchanging views on their favourite books with The Queen Consort.

Guests also attended the formal unveiling of a library donated to the centre by the Marcus Rashford Book Club in partnership with the National Literacy Trust.

The King and Queen Consort then with young people from the NatWest Thrive with Marcus Rashford programme to discuss how the project supports and guides young people to develop a positive mindset around money and helps to champion their potential, also the significance of youth centres in the young people’s lives.  

The visit concluded with some informality in the Norbrook sports hall, where The King himself took part briefly by kicking a ball that inadvertently came his way.

Norbrook chairman Gavin Evans said: “Not only are we honoured to have welcomed the King and The Queen Consort at Norbrook, which in itself is a life-changing event, we’re also very thankful for the all-round support to instil the passion for reading in our children, that can have a major positive impact on how they approach life, think possible and make achievable their future. And this is all we are about.”

Norbrook Youth Club was established over 60 years ago and offers a safe and friendly environment for young people from age six to 18 to enjoy free and diverse weekly activity sessions.

The club provides a GameZone, craft room, garden, sports hall, outdoor football pitch and climbing equipment.


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