A ROYSTON out-of-school club has gone from strength-to-strength after taking on a lease at the area’s park.

Cool Kidz R Us is for children aged four to 11 and they took on the lease for The Pavilion in Royston Welfare Park last year after they were faced with becoming homeless.

They have been helped by Section 106 funding – money set aside for loss of amenity – and the cash can be spent on projects such as improving community facilities.

Coun Caroline Makinson, Mayor of Barnsley, said: “I am delighted that Cool Kidz R Us have made themselves at home in Royston Park.

“I would like to thank everyone involved in making this project a success – a lot of residents, volunteers and businesses have given their time and effort, and it is only right that their contributions are recognised.

“The feedback received since the opening has been overwhelming and makes it all the more worthwhile for the staff, who have worked incredibly hard to create somewhere for young children in our borough to enjoy themselves in a fun and friendly environment.”

Bev Hutchinson, managing director of the club, added: “We can’t thank the Mayor and the council enough for letting us have this space – we are incredibly grateful.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback about us using the building, which is fantastic.

“A consultation by Royston Ward Alliance before the pandemic found that a lot of park users were keen to have a community café, so we are hoping to be able to offer refreshments soon to create that central hub for everyone to enjoy.”