Caherdavin Youth Club with current leaders Tracy McElligott, Anne Hogan, Margaret Brown, Michael McInerney and Michael Bourke
CAHERDAVIN Youth Club is in danger of closing for the first time in 40 years if new youth leaders do not volunteer.
The club is the longest-running one of its kind in the city and county, with the present volunteers having given between 17 and 25 years of service.
The youth club offers sports, games, music, arts and crafts, as well as social and personal development programmes.
The club has also become a safe environment for teenagers to meet and socialise with their peers.
The club operates every Friday evening from 7.30 to 9pm in Caherdavin Community Centre, but has humble beginnings in a pre-fab on the grounds of Mary Queen of Ireland Girls Primary School.
It moved to its new home when the community centre was built over 30 years ago, and there were often as many as 50 or 60 young members each year.
People from Caherdavin and the surrounding areas have wonderful memories of their time in the club over the last 40 years, from evenings spent in the club to local competitions, national finals and trips away.
Many past members of the youth club are now parents themselves, who hope to send their children to the club.
A meeting has been arranged for anyone interested in becoming a youth leader and ensuring the continuation of the club.
The meeting will take place on Friday, September 23, at 7.30pm in Caherdavin Community Centre.
Tracy McElligott, a youth leader in Caherdavin, has said that the closure of the club would be a very sad day for the local area.
“It will be a very sad day for the community in Caherdavin and the Caherdavin Youth Club as it will no longer operate if nobody responds to this appeal,” she said.
“This is not a decision we have taken lightly.”
For more information, people are advised to send a message the Caherdavin Youth Club Facebook page.
In the sad event that the club would no longer run, the leaders have thanked all past volunteers for their dedication.