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Feb 232016

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So it’s about time we update everybody on how we’re doing with our campaign to redevelop BYC skatepark. We didn’t run off with everybody’s money and hit up a warmer climate for Christmas, but due to the crowdfunding project closing right as we were closing up for the holidays, it has taken a while to get our stuff together. So here’s where we got to and where we’re going.


Where we are…

Our Crowdfunder project closed at an amazing £5,040. While only a quarter of our ideal target, it is still enough to confidently set some plans in place.

On top of this, the much advertised Broken Glass Walk by Zero Jones raised a further £208 in sponsorship. We have also had two very generous one off donations made by both Phil Gilbert, director of Ocean Flooring of Hove and father of Sonny, one of our regular park users, as well as John Tilley of Brighton business Tilley Stonemasons, both for £1000!

This combined with our board auction, donation buckets kindly held by Level Skateboards, Route One, Oddballs and Select skate shops, and some other bits and bobs has stretched our amount even further. Deducting all charges, and adding on Gift Aid and our previously raised funds, our current total is estimated to be around


Everyone who has donated their time, money and support has had a huge impact on us being able to achieve this great amount, which will allow us to make some big improvements to the park and the work we do. And it should be kicking off soon…

What’s the plan?

While the promise has always been to complete the entire park as planned, we also don’t want to hold everybody’s generous donations indefinitely while looking for the rest of the funding. Our hope was to be able to complete the park soon after donations were made and so we want to make a change soon.

The plan at the moment is to begin redevelopment at the beginning of May, hoping to complete it within the month. Up until then, we will be using the momentum gained from previous efforts to seek out the remaining funding, as it would be much more beneficial to construct the whole park at once. If we don’t achieve this, we’ll at least be looking to build a significant amount of the park, and still pursue the funding to build the rest as soon as possible. There are a number of avenues we’re currently exploring and we all have our fingers crossed.


We have a full design of the new park which is being kept under a hat in the office. Our aim involves stripping out the entire existing park and removing the dividing cage wall, and replacing it with a bigger and better park, stretching from wall to wall with a nice smooth wooden floor. We’ll also make the whole space a much nicer place to be in with a new seating / hangout area some new windows, a spruce up of the walls and a film projector.

With a new park will come a new program, expanding on what we have now and offering more times for people of all ages and abilities to come and skate. The new park will give us opportunity to do so much more by opening longer, adding new opportunities to our schedule and putting on events and activities for people to get involved in. All will be revealed in due course!

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How can you help?

We still have a lot to do and any support will be hugely appreciated. If you would like to get involved with making this happen there are a number of ways you can do so.

We are still short of our target so of course any monetary donations would be hugely appreciated! Our Crowdfunder has ended, but we have a page on Justgiving where a donation of any size can be made, which will be added straight to our total. We still have a few tshirts and boards left which can be purchased so get in touch if you’re interested.


The biggest thing we can ask for is looking for major support from an organisation. This is the main route we are exploring in order to complete the project. If you know of any business or organisation who may be interested in supporting our project then please let them know what we are doing, and put us in touch with them. This especially includes construction companies, as our main expense is of course materials. Some initial contact is all we need and we can take it from there.

Once work is underway we will be needing quite a few people to help with the deconstruction of the old park, and hauling of the new materials into the space. If you’re interested in helping us out at any time please send us an email and we will get back to you when dates are in place.

These are the main things we are looking at, if you have any other thoughts, ideas, think you can help or want to get involved in some way please send us a message at fundraising@brightonyouthcentre.org.uk

Our thanks

We’ve had a huge amount of contact with so many people over these past few months, and we want to thank everybody who donated, bought something, spread the word, followed and supported the campaign, or even just took notice. It’s been an interesting journey so far and everything that’s happened has helped raise the profile of BYC and spread awareness of what goes on here. You’ve all helped us take a huge step forward!

We’d like to specifically thank the following –

Phil Gilbert and Ocean Flooring for his donation and for helping us reach out to local businesses for further support

John Tilley and Tilley Stonemasons for their donation

Chris Broad and Callum Alexander for donating £500 each

Skye Dunbar for doing a sponsored silence all day at school and raising £132!

Zero Jones for his brave walk through glass to raise over £200, and everyone that supported him and us

Darren Carnaby at the Brighton Synergy Centre for promoting the project and raising money through their own events

Tom Penny, Ian Deacon, Ben Powell, Fos and Level Skate Shop for providing products which have helped raise money

Level Skate Shop, Route One, Oddballs and Select for holding donation buckets in their shops and spreading the word

Everyone who helped through PR, publishing articles and newspieces, and distributing flyers

Jul 162014

Sportivate and Basketball Sussex are offering a brilliant opportunity for any basketball enthusiasts aged 15 – 19


This will be a FREE 8 hour introduction to basketball coaching course called the ACTIVATORS AWARD, and is taking place TWICE, both here at BYC and at the Manor Road Gym in Whitehawk, to give as many people as possible the opportunity.

This is a UNIQUE opportunity to gain an award for free, gain invaluable leadership experience as well as including numerous incentives such as –

    • Official England Basketball recognised award.
    • Free official basketballSUSSEX t-shirt.
    • Free resources pack.
    • Free basketball shoes! (upon successful completion of the programme including the leadership element)
    • The chance to be taught by some of the best coaches in the South East.
    • One candidate will also be selected to participate in a free Official UKCC Level 1 Coaching qualification (worth £165).

Candidates will be required to prove their leadership skills by leading short sessions to a small group of younger participants while supervised by qualified tutors. These will take place during a further 8 hours of practical delivery, which will be discussed during the course and confirmed at a later date. 4 hours of this have already been set for the Manor Road course.
Guest coach and Sussex basketball star Tom Ward (Professional player at Worthing Thunder and ex-NCAA div1 player) will also take part in the programme.

Dates for the training are as follows –

Manor Road Gym, Whitehawk-

July 22nd, July 29th, August 5th, August 12th, August 19th, August 26th, September 2nd, September 9th
All at 5 – 6:30pm

Brighton Youth Centre

August 14th, August 15th, both at 1 – 5 pm


Spaces are of course limited so if you would like to get involved hurry over and sign up!


@Manor Road Gym

For any questions contact the Project Manager: mtello@bsx.org.uk / 07931 237169

Apr 172014

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the brand spanking new all singing all dancing all dark all mysterious all black and all blue BRIGHTON YOUTH CENTRE WEBSITE!

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As of 2014 we have finally caught up with the rest of society and got ourselves a proper online presence. This site will be the source for all things happening in and around BYC. We’ll be adding new stuff here regularly, each update bigger and more gut-wrenchingly exciting than the last. So come back on the regs to see what we’re offering at the centre and around the city, events and activities that you can be a part of, and all the wonderful things that make being a young person in Brighton so top dollar.