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Published 23rd Jun 2011

21 on festive cupcake

A much loved social club for adults with disabilities is celebrating a special anniversary.

The popular Friday Night Club, held at Southlands Leisure Centre in Middlesbrough, hits its 21st birthday this week and a party is being held to celebrate.

The Friday Night Club is a weekly activity session for able-bodied and disabled adults over 16 years old.

The club was established in 1990 to encourage disabled adults to socialise and keep active by taking part in numerous activities.

Activities include dodge ball, kwik cricket, football, quiz nights, hockey and treasure hunts.

When the club was first set up it attracted 15 people and it now has around 30 people attending every week.

Some of those attending the club have been coming week in week out throughout the 21 years.

Les Walker, 47, is one of those who has attended the club for the past 21 years and he now works as a volunteer delivering activities alongside staff from the Southlands.

Les said: “The club has helped me meet new friends and has enabled me to work in a great place like the Southlands Centre.

“It’s really good it has been going for so long and I hope it carries on for many years.”

Tricia Farrow, assistant manager at Southlands Centre, said: “The people who attend and help run the Friday Night Club deserve huge congratulations for making it a success over such a long time.

“The club is the only socialising some of our customers get to do with others with the same disability so it is vitally important and also a huge amount of fun!”

Friday special disco information

To celebrate the club’s 21st Birthday, a disco party night is taking place from 7pm to 9pm this Friday, June 24.

New customers are always welcome to attend the Friday Night Club. Just turn up between 7pm to 9pm on a Friday evening or contact reception on 01642 300428.

Useful links

Southlands Leisure Centre

 



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