More than 800 visitors attended a free family fun day on Saturday 16th July to mark the opening of the YMCA Community & Activity Village in Newark.

Entertainment was hosted by Tony and Vicky from Radio Newark, with  performances from local band Flipside,  DJ sets and three times Crufts champion Nicci with her dog Rory.

On the Stadia Football pitch children could join in on a wide range of free sporting activities hosted by our own Camp Williams and partners You Can Do Sport Academy.

With artisan food stalls and interactive music sessions there was something for everyone.

Visitors were invited on guided tours inside the Village to see the facilities, which include a nursery, business hub, conference centre, strength and conditioning gym, athletics track, football pitches, multi-use courts and the largest climbing centre in the region.

VIPs, local businesses, partners and those who have worked on the ground-breaking project were also invited to a preview event to celebrate the part they played in creating the Village, which will sit at the heart of the local community for many years to come.


Pre-registration for the nursery and for gym membership is now open and as we are a not-for-profit, local charity this, enables members to give back to the range of programmes and services that support children and vulnerable adults across Nottinghamshire.

The football pitches, athletics track and outdoor sports facilities are already open to the local community and the facilities inside the Village opening later this summer.

Todd Cauthorn, Executive Director, YMCA Newark & Sherwood, said: “The fun day was a huge success and it was our chance to thank the local community who have supported the project since the early stages. We even had the weather on our side, making it a truly special day for all involved.

“The size and scale of this project is unique for a YMCA and unlike anything the local area has ever seen before. I am confident that everyone who attended the fun day will be back here in the future to enjoy everything the Village has to offer.”