Chichester Boy's Club
We are delighted to announce the chosen charity for the Goodwood Revival in 2017 will be the Chichester Boys’ Club.
The Boys’ Club was founded by the Rotary Club in 1922 with the purpose of promoting the mental, physical and spiritual well-being for young people resident in the Chichester area, particularly those from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Since losing its funding in 2012, the Boys’ Club has had to find additional sources of revenue to maintain the services it offered to the local community and today the Chichester Boys’ Club regularly attracts young people, girls and boys, from all walks of life through its doors. Since the closure of other venues in and around Chichester the building is now also used by, amongst others, a Young Carers Club, Target for Teens and the Chichester All Sports. Those working towards the Duke of Edinburgh Awards also receive tuition in the Chichester Boys’ Club premises.
The Boys’ Club is financed through the daytime letting of their iconic premises in Little London to a wide mix of clubs, societies and groups, including HUB Club, which is a charity for people with learning difficulties and The Chichester Lunch Club, which provide a friendly social setting for older people with mental health problems. The ‘Information Shop’ for young people hires space which provides advice, information and counselling services.
Although the Sports Hall met requirements when originally constructed in the 1950’s, a scheme is underway to replace the corrugated asbestos roof with a new insulated roof which will reduce the energy consumption and reduce maintenance and repair costs. The Games Hall now needs to be upgraded internally and any funds raised at the Goodwood Revival in 2017 will go towards making this possible.
The Chichester Boys’ Club have a close history with Goodwood and have provided the Revival with the wonderful shoe shine youngsters for many years. If you are a regular visitor to the event you will probably have seen them busying themselves with brushes and polish, encouraging your shoes to look their best!