Richard opens a new multi use games area for young people in Shenley


On 4th July Richard helped to officially open the new Shenley Green Multi Use Games Area.

The floodlit games area, on Green Meadow Road, has been developed by Bournville Village Trust (BVT) to provide an outdoor sport facility that will be used by the adjacent youth centre, GreenMeadowPrimary School and the local community.

The project has cost nearly half a million pounds and has received funding from BVT and Sport England’s West Midlands Regional Sports Board.

Speaking at the opening, Richard said:

‘I am really pleased to be opening this new Multi Use Games Area. It is essential that young people have facilities such as this – not just for fun and exercise but also because they are important for involving young people in their local communities. So often we hear stories about young people getting in to trouble. Tackling this is partly about providing things for young people to do and safe places for them to go. And so this will be a great facility for young people in the Shenley area.

‘It is also a great example of a project that has come to fruition by working in partnership – in this case between Bournville Village Trust and Sport England – and I congratulate all those involved.’

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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