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John Bowater < BACK TO FOUNDER PATRONS

“Born, raised and lived all my life in Wolverhampton. Spent 35 years, ultimately as a main Board Director, being trained by, and working for an iconic Wolverhampton company, Tarmac. I have also spent almost 20 years as a Governing Board Member of Thomas Telford CTC and over eight years as a Director of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.

“I owe my home city a great deal and I proud to be a Wulfrunian. However, it is no longer the dynamic, vibrant city in which I grew up. Many of its core, wealth generating industries have moved away. Thankfully, there are signs of new inward investment materialising but recovery will, inevitably, be long term.

“In the meantime, the city has been, and will be, unable to provide its young people with the services they deserve. So we have to find a way, “The Way”, to offer kids, like our two daughters Natasha and Neve, the opportunity to participate in a whole range of development activities in state-of-the-art, secure facilities.

“As a family, we have visited Bolton Lads and Girls Club and Mahdlo (Oldham Youth Zone) and were hugely impressed with the work they were doing. There was an overwhelming sense of young people having a great time, but additionally, raising their aspirations in life and developing their self-confidence and self-esteem.

“Wolverhampton desperately needs a Youth Zone and it is to Steve Morgan’s great credit that he has shown his usual resolve and determination in turning a concept, and a dream into a reality.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to give something back to our city as supporters of The Way, Wolverhampton’s Youth Zone.”

  • Kerryann

    WHY THE WAY

    "“It has been amazing to see my daughter out grow her fears and get involved more with other children of all ages and disabilities. I am, as she is, so pleased that Wolverhampton has a place where all children can be themselves and do activities that they enjoy…”"

    Kerryann Michaels, Mum

  • Lisa on Facebook

    WHY THE WAY

    "“Had a fab evening at The Way, Wolverhamptons new youth zone. Great facilities. Lovely staff. Signed both the boys up as members and have had to drag them both away after 3 hours even though none of us have been home for tea yet!”"

    Lisa Kingsley, Facebook Review

  • Alison on Facebook

    WHY THE WAY

    "Absolutely fantastic place. I used to love my youth club days (many years ago!) And never thought my three girls would get the opportunity to experience anything like it. The facilities are amazing, as are the youth workers and volunteers, you all do a brilliant job!"

    Alison on Facebook

  • Darren on Facebook

    WHY THE WAY

    "Fantastic activities and even better staff and volunteers. My daughters, nieces and all their friends love the place - so fortunate to have such a high quality facility in the City"

    Darren on Facebook

  • Samantha on Facebook

    WHY THE WAY

    "Lots of awesome activities for the kids wearing mine out like a treat. A safe pace to meet friends and hang out in with state of the art facilities."

    Samantha on Facebook

  • Richard on Google

    WHY THE WAY

    "Great new centre for youngsters to hang out and have some fun. Football, pool tables, boxing, gym, hair and beauty, sports hall and café and more!"

    Richard on Google Reviews