A Penryn youth group will be celebrating a busy year as it looks to mark its eighth birthday.
Members of the Saturday Club of Penryn have been dancing recently in front of audiences at Hall for Cornwall, and fifteen of the group’s children have been presented with fellowships from educational charity The Children’s University.
The club is hoping to support one of its dancers, Phoebe Morris, by raising £150 towards her trip to the World Street Dance Championships in Scotland.
Phoebe, 15, was a founding member of the club, attending the street dance section since she was seven, and is part of the Co-Act dance troupe which performed in Truro with Dance Cornwall, and in the Penryn Carnival.
The club is looking to expand this autumn with plans to start two Green Power Racing teams, using cars donated through Falmouth police’s Falmouth Cop Car project to compete in the Formula Goblin and Formula 24 classes for 9-11 and 11-16 year olds.
The two teams, which will consist of around ten team members, will be in need of financial backing and equipment, so will be looking for sponsorship from local businesses.
Saturday Club chairman Victor Tullin said: “The success of the Saturday Club since it started in 2007 is shown in its membership, we have registered over 300 children at the club and 27 volunteers over the same period.
“The Saturday Club was originally funded with five paid staff and three paid assistants but now that all funding has been cut to community groups like ourselves. We now have to run the entire project on a voluntary basis by self funding to enable us to pay hall hire, equipment, training and repairs. As a non-profit group, at times this can be very hard.”