burntwood project

Duration: December 2010- September 2011

Funding Body: Coalfields Regeneration : £60,000

Funding Body: Big Lottery Fund : £9,995

Funding Body: Barnados : £3,000

Please see the following link for Calendar Coverage of the project: Calendar News

The Burntwood Community Centre was a capital project that the SESKU Academy staff, volunteers and local trades persons have contributed time and resources to develop. The building was brought up to a usable standard. The new Community Centre will provide opportunities for people and offer community courses, children’s sports and activities and employment experience, volunteering development and accredited training courses.

The work commenced in December 2010 and was completed by the end of September 2011. The project enabled young people to learn new skills such as leadership and management, and trade skills. The project has benefited from funding investment through the Future Jobs Fund who have funded 15 paid posts to enable the works to be carried out, and Coalfields Regeneration who have funded £60,000 to enable the purchase of the premises for community use and £4880, was for IT server and computer. The site boasts a fully equipped meeting room with a 65” touch screen interactive TV, a full furnished provision for IT internet suite and a Dance Studio funded through Big Lottery Fund to be used for Zumba Dance and Street Dance sessions, and confidence building workshops. The Community Centre boasts a large playing field, that will be used for many different sports including; football, rugby and basket ball. The Community Hub will also be fully inclusive to people with disabilities with the installation of such equipment as adjustable tables for courses and a Loop system for people with hearing impairments which was funded £3000 Barnardos Wakefield Disabilities Inclusion Team. 

The site was to be knocked down and houses build, this would have led to more people with less to do in the area. Burntwood Community Centre will offer many people opportunities to reach goals and raise aspirations of the unemployed, children and young people by giving them a centre of excellence for accredited learning, sports and activities.

“Burntwood Community Centre will add social value to the SESKU area reaching many people suffering from isolation, social exclusion and issues of low education attainment and unemployment”. Adam Redfern (Manager: SESKU Academy Manager)


“Burntwood Community Centre will improve the social fabric of our area and add value to our community for generations to come”. Councillor Laurie Harrison (Leader of South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council)