Community and Activity Village

Community and Activity Village

We are delighted to announce that work has already begun on creating the YMCA’s brand new Community and Activity Village at the heart of Newark.

Situated on Bowbridge Road, the initiative promises to deliver an exceptional range of affordable sports, health and childcare programmes for people who live in Newark and Sherwood.

Power of generous supporters

Thanks to the generous contributions of our invaluable supporters, the complex has been designed as a place that can be enjoyed by the whole community, reflecting the charity’s belief in a holistic approach to sports and family activity.

With a capacity to host sporting events and competitions, the village will feature a spacious central community building, which will be home to a large family friendly café and function rooms.

Specialist facilities within the community building will provide space for children’s activities including dance, music-production, accredited hospitality and catering training schemes.

Range of activities

Delivering high quality family-orientated activities resides at the heart of the project, with adventure sports and activities including everything from mountain biking and climbing walls to pottery and cooking.

Initiatives that will be delivered at the new village also include:

Plan for Newark and Sherwood Community and Activity Village

Plans also incorporate an alternative education programme using onsite facilities to promote life and independence skills for learners currently not engaged or at the fringes of becoming NEET (Not Employed, in Education or Training). The programme will include a host of activities drawing on expertise and experience from across the YMCA team.

In addition to the creation of a cycling track, the community will benefit from multi-use all-weather sports pitches, five-a-side pitches, a skate park, a stadium football pitch and a six-lane full-size athletics track endorsed by England Athletics.

‘An intergenerational space’

The team is immensely grateful to Newark and Sherwood District Council for selecting Nottinghamshire YMCA as its partner for the new Sports and Community Village and making this project possible.

Craig Berens, Director of Operations and Programmes at Nottinghamshire YMCA, said: “The YMCA Community and Activity Village will be a real hub of activity. We believe that everyone should feel part of a family and be able to take part in healthy activity as a group; whether that’s a sports club, an interest group or wider movement. We are looking forward to talking to local families to build an intergenerational and collaborative space.”

Andy James, Relationship Manager Facilities and Planning at Sport England: “The YMCA’s proposed direction facilitates a more inclusive community facility, which can be shared by the whole community spectrum from early years children to retired adults. Sport England is looking forward to developing these plans further working with the YMCA and Newark and Sherwood District Council in the future.”

Join the action

If you would like to support or get involved with the Community and Activity Village, please get in touch with our team on 01636 880624 or email