A YOUTH club introduced itself to Kendal in style as it held its first proper event.

Young people enjoyed virtual reality headsets, table tennis and a disco as Kendal Youth Zone was able to host its debut indoor gathering.

And there is more to come as, says town councillor Adam Edwards, who is leading the project, funding has been secured for use of the space at Castle Street Community Centre for the next two years.

Cllr Adam Edwards said the children who attended the first event 'really loved it'.

"They found it was really good, I got really positive feedback," he said.

"They were really appreciative of having a space that's theirs, they don't really have a youth club in Kendal anymore."

The Youth Zone has been in the pipeline for a long time but has had its progress delayed by the pandemic.

"It's taken two years to get to this point," said Cllr Edwards.

"It seems to be working really well.

"It's really important to have a space that can be utilised by the kids, and it's going to be cost-effective, and it's sustainable."

Furness Building Society handed over a cheque for £150 at the event on Monday night, while a representative of Cumbria Constabulary also attended.

Cllr Edwards, 49, said the youth club had been backed by more than £10,000 in funding from various organisations, including Cumbria Community Foundation.

Around ten children turned up to the first event at the Castle Street centre, with Cllr Edwards saying it was a good number to to begin with and that there was more to come.

"We are going to be meeting once a month," he said.

"Hopefully, we can expand it to other areas - which is the whole idea of it - so we can be where the kids are, rather than them having to come to us."

Money has also been secured to take 100 children for a day out at Kepplewray activity centre at Broughton.

Visit 'Kendal Youth Zone' on Facebook for more information about the club.