Cash lifeline saves Wayne Rooney’s former youth club

The Croxteth Gems centre, which has been open since 1969 and was a regular haunt of Wayne Rooney, has been kept going through donations but has now secured a £30,000 lifeline

Croxteth Gems
Croxteth Gems community centre in north Liverpool


A north Liverpool community centre where footballing superstar Wayne Rooney was a regular in his childhood has secured a £30,000 financial lifeline.

The Croxteth Gems centre, which has been open since 1969, is just a few streets away away from the boyhood home of the former Everton FC and Manchester United striker. Due to close 2016 after National Lottery funding ended, it has been kept open by donations.

Now the 64 Trust, a Liverpool charity, has given Croxteth Gems almost £30,000 to continue serving the local community. Centre manager Michelle Ellison said: “Our centre serves hundreds of families and we are relied upon by parents and guardians across the local area.

“As a result of funding cuts, we can only continue serving Croxteth through the generosity of donations. We’re absolutely delighted the 64 Trust has stepped up to help us to continue serving the community.”

Croxteth Gems has been given a time-limited, one off funding grant. If youth centres in Liverpool are struggling, they may be eligible for grants of £1,000-£5,000 from the 64 Trust. Certain eligibility and criteria apply.

Administrator for the 64 Trust, Pauline Connolly, added: “Croxteth Gems has had a presence in the local community for generations, helping with the development of young children and teenagers.

“It promotes community cohesion and helps reduce anti-social behaviour through key activities. We’re proud to play our part in supporting the jewel in Croxteth’s crown.”

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