Stamford youth club The Shack is aiming to grow

Mayor and mayoress of Stamford Brian and Brenda Sumner with Ian and Margot Walford from the Stamford corp of the Salvation Army at the official opening of The Shack in June

Mayor and mayoress of Stamford Brian and Brenda Sumner with Ian and Margot Walford from the Stamford corp of the Salvation Army at the official opening of The Shack in June

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A youth club has been so successful in its first few months that organisers are already looking at new ways to expand.

The Shack opened in the former home of Belton Gardens Bowls Club on the Recreation Ground in Stamford in June.

In four short months it has grown into a thriving community of youngsters with more than 30 attending each session on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Shack is run by the Salvation Army, which now want to improve the facility and attract even more youngsters. Stamford branch captain Ian Walford said: “The Shack has been 100 per cent a success.

“Since we opened we have been averaging 25 to 35 young people on a Friday and Saturday night, which is tremendous.

“Our target group is upper teens and that is who we are attracting. It is on us to provide a social area for them to meet and to create a safe environment to see friends and make new ones.

“Youngsters have come along and seen it as a benefit to them. We hope to build on that when the Stamford skatepark opens.”

Ian and his wife Margot hope to increase the space they can offer young people.

They have approached Stamford Town Council about a possible extension to the building and councillors will consider the idea in their discussions for next year’s budget.

Ian has also come up with an idea to make better use of the neighbouring putting green - crazy golf.

He said: “It’s a patch of grass right in front of us. It doesn’t get used.

“I thought something more colourful would go down better.

“It would be even better if New College Stamford students could design and build the actual course. What a great opportunity to get the college doing things in the community.”

The Shack is always looking for volunteers to help at the weekend sessions, which run from 7pm to 10.30pm.

To find out more call 07870 284131.