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Minister opens 12m youth centre


Young people who use the 12m Open Centre in Norwich say it is amazing

A £12m youth centre in Norfolk designed, managed and run by young people has had its official opening.

Based in the centre of Norwich, OPEN is the first youth centre funded under the government's myplace programme to open its doors.

It gives young people a live music venue, a climbing wall, dance studio, recording studio, cafe, media lab and a nightclub for under 18s.

The minister for children and young people opened the centre.

Dawn Primarolo was also joined by former Iraq soldier and myplace ambassador Major Phil Packer.

Ms Primarolo said: "Creating world class places for young people to go to in their spare time has now become a reality across the country.

"OPEN is the first of many myplace projects to open its door to young people."

Rob, 18, one of the young people involved in the creation of the centre, said: "I was part of the group that looked at the building plans, did fundraisers, chose the furniture and learned a lot about charity work.

"The OPEN project's awesome and it should inspire other cities to do similar projects."

The myplace grants are funded by the government's Department for Schools, Children and Families and delivered by the Big Fund, the non-lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund.

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