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BMCA Youth Zone is Manchester Be Proud Award Winners Unsung Hero Group of the Year 2016


It is our pleasure to announce that the Youth Zone was nominated for two awards in 2016.  One for Manchester Sports Awards, Youth and Community Sport Project which unfortunately we didn’t make the finalists for.  We were also nominated for the Be Proud Awards Unsung Hero Group of the Year 2016.  We made the finalists.  Lance, one of our staff; Clover, our Chair; Steve, a volunteer and Tobija, one of our young people went along for the awards ceremony at Manchester Town Hall on December 2nd. It was a fantastic evening, they were treated to a lovely three course meal before the awards ceremony began.  BMCA Youth Zone won the award for Unsung Hero Group of the Year 2016.  We would like to thank our three nominees Maureen, Elliot and Rudi for giving us the opportunity to be celebrated for some of the great work we do here on the Merseybank Estate.  We would also like to congratulate the other two finalists in our category, Anson Community Shop and Barakah Food Aid.

Recognising The Value of BMCA Playwork in Manchester

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BMCA Youth and Play team were selected as one of three play providers in the Manchester area to be involved in a case study, which has a report presenting the findings from a small-scale research project that explores the value of playwork provision for children, their families and the wider community in Manchester.  Towards the end of last year, Stuart Lester may have spoken to some of you about the impact of our Junior Club and Junior generation sessions on your children and families.  The report is attached to this post, feel free to click the link and read all about the findings. Link:The value of playwork provision in Manchester

Junior Club and Junior Generation

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Today is our last Junior play session until after Christmas so there will be no Tuesday or Thursday session until 2016.  Our Tuesday and Thursday sessions will return on 12th and 14th January.

If you have booked a place on the Panto trip we are meeting at the centre at 10am and will return approximately 6pm.  Please don’t forget to provide a packed lunch for your child.

If you have any questions I will be around the centre during next week so feel free to contact us.

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas break and we will see you in the New Year.


Summer Playscheme

We have a open access summer playscheme available for the next two weeks beginning 20th July. There are two age ranges with the younger children’s session for 5-8 year olds in the morning 9.30am-12pm and the older children’s session for 9-14s in the afternoon from 1-3.30pm.

No junior sessions until September but there is two weeks of playscheme.
No junior sessions until September but there is two weeks of playscheme.

The activities on offer span a wide range from sports, arts to group games, imaginative play and cooking. There’s also a free breakfast club from 9-9.30 for all children.

Places are limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis so please arrive early to secure a place. For more information see Lucy or Daniella.

13-19 years old? Explore your music talents with All FM

Discover your talents

All FM will be delivering an exciting new music project every Wednesday from BMCA offering 13-19 year olds the opportunity to take part in workshops with professional musicians developing new talents or refining existing talents.  If you’re 13-19 years old and have an interest in music, come down to the taster session on Wednesday 21st May 4.30-6pm.  For more information see Lucy or email Christine on

Easter Playscheme 5-9 years and 9-14 years

BMCA Easter Playscheme will be 14th to 16th April.  This years Easter Playscheme will be for two age ranges (5-9 years and 9-14 years) and held in both the Childrens Room and the Youth Zone

14th and 15th – 2 sessions – 9.30am-12pm and 1pm-3.30pm

16th – 1 session – 9.30-12pm

Places will be limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Also we will be providing FREE BREAKFAST for playscheme children.  Breakfast club will be on in the Main Hall from 9am-10am

Hope to see you all there