Kids get creative with graffiti to mark Grove Leisure Centre closure

19 April 2016

Youngsters who have used the sports facilities at the Grove Leisure Centre had the unique opportunity to make their mark on the activity hall before the centre closes this Friday.

Children, led by graffiti artist James Mayle, a former pupil of the Grove School, emblazoned their own sport-related designs on the walls of the Activity Hall as a parting gesture.

The graffiti sessions were arranged as part of the sports and activity sessions organised at centre over the Easter school holidays which would be the last ones held at centre before it closes on Friday, April 22.

Kai Oxley, Thea Oxley, Gracie Hamilton and Millie Stott taking part in the graffiti sessions

The children created two vibrant designs featuring bright coloured lettering for the name of the centre and several sport-related silhouettes including gymnastics and football.

Inclusive Activities Officer Helen Ellison of Active4Today said: “We thought graffiti art would be a way to make the Grove’s last holiday activities session memorable and the results the kids have produced are fantastic. It’s exciting to look forward to the new memories we can create at Newark Sports and Fitness Centre.” Millie Stott, aged 11, who took part in the sessions said: “I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s fun to get to make your mark on the centre before it closes.”

The new £9.4million Newark Sports and Fitness Centre will open its doors to the public on Monday, April 25 at 6:30am.

The completed artwork at the Grove Leisure Centre

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