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Riverside Youth Club, Deptford, confirms development grant from Football Foundation

23rd December 2018 by Jon Boagey

Young people living on the Pepys Estate in Deptford will be at the heart of an exciting new programme launching in 2019 to plan the refurbishment of Riverside Youth Club (above).

Riverside Youth Club

A partnership between Youth First, Millwall Community Trust and Lewisham Council successfully applied to the Football Foundation for a development grant to consult young people and community members on plans for the refurbishment.

The grant will pay for architectural plans, survey work and consultation activities so the partnership can submit a full proposal to the Football Foundation in the Autumn of 2019.

Further details about the programme will be available in January 2019.



Riverside youth club was opened in 1969 by the legendary boxer Henry Cooper. It sits in a prominent position on the edge of the Pepys Estate which was built in the mid-60s to house over 5,000 residents displaced by the slum clearances in Deptford. 

The building is owned by Lewisham Borough Council and currently leased to Youth First, a community benefit society (mutual) that stepped out from the council to become an independent organisation in September 2016.  It is contracted initially until August 2019 to run youth services across the borough. 

Like many youth clubs Riverside has suffered from a lack of investment over the last decade and this has had an impact on the fabric of the building as well as the offer to young people.   

In 2017 Youth First and Millwall Community Trust began discussions to explore how the building might be refurbished to attract better usage.  

A development grant of £19,850 has been awarded to the partnership by the Football Foundation.

For further information on the project please contact: 

Jon Boagey
Director of Business Development, Youth First
M: 07734498243

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