Guests of honour Amanda Holden and former England footballer Jermaine Jenas celebrate Springfield Youth Club ’s 56th year at their Annual Presentation Night
The presentation evening, held this past March at Clapton’s Anthony Marsh Building, was an opportunity to recognise young members and adult volunteers alike, as well as those organisations and individuals that have supported the club over the past twelve months.
Hackney’s very own Springfield Soul opened the ceremony with a fantastic performance of music and dance and the evening progressed with the introductions of Paul Stewart, Executive Chairman; Michael Keogh, Deputy Chairman; Said Hersi, Director; and Steve Herbert, Club Manager. A video, created by the club, highlighted the past year of trips, performances and competitions, and members and volunteers alike were presented with awards to honour their efforts.
As a singer, actress, and judge on Britain’s Got Talent, Amanda has a real appreciation for what Springfield does. “I was desperate to be an actress and had no kind of way of doing it back then. Amazingly, this woman started a theatre club and everybody went down there. For me that is where this all started.”
No stranger to understanding the value of youth clubs and organized activities himself, Jermaine commented: “I have to say, having walked into the building for the first time you can’t help but just be massively impressed. These are people who sacrifice their own time and are spending time away from their families to make sure that the youth can grow and shine. Everyone here today should really appreciate that.”
Established in 1961 and located in Upper Clapton, Springfield Youth Club began as a boy’s club, expanding their membership to girls in 1999. Since that time, the club has run a variety of programmes for Hackney youth including Football, Dance, Roller Skating, Drama, Art & Crafts, Basketball, Fencing, Singing and Technology based activities. Through these activities, members develop social, team building, leadership and communication skills, which are vital in today’s society.
With a current, thriving membership of over three hundred young people ranging in age from 8 – 17, the club is a safe haven for them to meet, discover and develop their interests, forge relationships and, of course, have fun in the process. Founder Anthony Marsh’s aim was to “help each child or young person find interests, and to help each individual to develop, as far as they can, towards being a useful citizen of tomorrow”. That ethos carries on today as the club continues to provide support and improve the quality of the educational and social activities on offer.
Springfield Youth Club For Young People
The Anthony Marsh Building
Big Hill, Upper Clapton, E5 9HH
President: HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO
Patron: Sir Jackie Stewart, Formula One World Champion
If you are 8-17 years of age and would like to become a member please call 020 8806 1168 (evenings only) or email club manager Steve Herbert: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images courtesy of Springfield Youth Club