THE 74-year-old Hunslet Club wants to strengthen its relations with the business community in Yorkshire.
The institution aims to help young people achieve their full potential by providing a wide-ranging programme of activities including football, musical theatre, boxing, Irish dance, performing arts, gymnastics, hip hop and ballet.
Jason Slack, funding and marketing officer, said: “The Hunslet Club has become one of the largest youth clubs’ in the UK thanks in no small part to its entrepreneurial model of sustainability.
“Much funding comes from the provision of vocational training courses for students from high schools across Leeds, session subscription fees and function bookings.
“However, increasing demand for activities to help children and young people reach their potential needs corporate support and will increasingly be the case as austerity measures bite. We are looking to form corporate partnerships as well as find companies who can provide resources in kind.”
The club has 42 members of staff, 92 volunteers and 25 work placements. It costs £1.1m a year to run.