“From small acorns do mighty oaks grow” is an old saying showing what can be achieved from small beginnings and the members of Drumkeen’s newly formed youth club are certainly off to a great start in creating a bright future.
Drumkeen Youth Club was formed just over five weeks ago when a group of local young people and residents came together with the idea of getting something going for young people the area.
The aim of the club is to foster and develop a place where all its members could come and meet up on a regular basis in a fun, social environment.
Youth leader Aidan Guthrie, teamed up with Michael Patton and Noel “Harry” Deasely to take the idea further.
Aidan says at first all they knew were the words ‘youth club’ with little other knowledge of what it took to get going, but after getting busy researching the idea they came into contact with national body - Foroige.
From there they began to put the proper structures in place in accordance with the guidelines and before long the had an eager committee formed.
Following their launch five weeks ago they attracted a crowd of 28 members and it didn’t take long before they had the numbers up to 30, which is the maximum they are allowed with the number of leaders they currently have.
Michael Patton, who is now the club’s treasurer, says the idea was born from the lack of activities for young people in the area.
“There wasn’t much to do so get involved in trying to do something for ourselves. They place was crying out for a youth club,” he explained.
They formed their first committee with Aaron Guthrie as chairman, Lee Guthrie assistant-treasurer along with Michael, and Leona Bonner as secretary. The group are still looking for more youth leaders to play a role in the new club and the training is provided for free.
The meet in the local community hall on a Wednesday and hang out in a fun environment where they can play games, including pool and darts. They also have a computers area, which was set up after they kindly were donated a number of computers from St Patrick’s National School.
Music also features high up on their list of activities and the opening night disco proved hugely popular.
This was quickly followed up by a fund-raising quiz night last week that packed out the hall.
The event was run entirely by the young members and managed to raise €300 for the club no the night.
Aidan says they are hoping to run another quiz night next September when the youth club year formally begins after the a break in the month of August.
Member Ryan Kettle says the weekly get together is a fun way to hang out with his friends and “keeps us of the streets.
Chairman Aaron Guthrie says they are hoping to a run bowling night in the future as well as a “citizenship project” aimed at examining what they can do to benefit their wider local community.
The club, which has just set up a facebook page keeping their members in touch with what’s going on, would also welcome donations of any old unwanted games and activities for the group.