A giant interactive gaming wall, designed to provide positive fun activities, has been installed at the new Youth and Community Centre in Littleport.
The wall is 2.5 metres high and 4 metres wide and incorporates a number of fun games and sporting activities all designed to help people get fit, encourage teamwork, and improve co-ordination and movement.
A laptop, or gaming console can also be plugged into the wall so that it can be used for seminars, presentations and movie nights. Littleport Town Council is also keen to work with adult educational providers so that training courses can be run to improve employment opportunities for residents.
The wall will primarily be used as a positive means of engaging with young people in the town. Combining community activities with the use of the interactive gaming wall will offer an opportunity for ‘cross-generational’ projects, as well as a form of gentle exercise for less mobile residents. The variety of games makes the wall suitable for use by disabled children, and those with special educational needs, making all activities completely inclusive.
The wall was part funded by an £8,500 Facilities Improvement Grant from East Cambridgeshire District Council.
Littleport Town Councillor Jo Webber, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to install this equipment into our new building and are very grateful to both East Cambridgeshire District Council and Sanctuary Housing for seeing the potential benefits to our community and providing us with the grants.
“Having the equipment will allow us to run a much wider range of activities at the building which many children and older residents in our town would not normally have the option to experience.
“The wall will also be used to encourage young people to take part in creative projects that will benefit the community. For example, litter picking followed by interactive games and team play.
“We also plan to use the wall to carry out intergenerational activities, as it is important to break down the barriers that are often created between the younger and older generations.”
Facilities Improvement Grants of up to £10,000 can be applied for to help village halls, community centres, sport and leisure centres, play facilities and public open spaces protect and enhance the quality of life for residents within East Cambridgeshire.