Essex Boys & Girls Clubs

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Group photo of clubs at the Essex Adventure Weekend 2016

Essex Boys and Girls Clubs is a registered UK charity.

We work to enable young people aged 11-25, in Essex and East London, to reach their potential.





To further the development and education of boys and young men and girls and young women. So as to help them achieve their physical, mental and spiritual potential. This enables them to grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society.

We are a membership organisation, supporting a network of voluntary youth clubs who like what we do; they affiliate annually.

We offer challenging activities, events and targeted youth projects, with a team of experienced youth workers, outdoor instructors.

We have been working in partnership with local, national and international organisations since 1939. We are invigorated by working with partners and have extensive experience with volunteers, communities, councils, voluntary sector organisations and businesses.

We support a membership of around 140 independent voluntary youth groups, Boys’ Own clubs and grassroots sports clubs. We provide diversionary activities for more than fifteen thousand 11-19 year olds and advice for over 1,000 volunteers.

Set up in 1939 as part of the Boys’ Club Movement and deeply involved with the development of Youth Football and Youth Boxing, we remain true to our roots by supporting independent youth groups. At 78 years old, the words of our founders still ring true today, that “the best antidote to the gangster spirit is the club under wise leadership in which its members learn self-discipline & unselfishness for the sake of the rest.”

We help the amazing volunteers who run our member clubs to ensure that they are sustainable in the long term. We help communities to set up and run new youth provision and work with local partners to provide the best possible support.

We provide an extensive program of activities and events to create opportunities for young people aged 11-19 to develop their character, enhance their skills, encourage good health and wellbeing, promote good citizenship and build their own bright future.

We have at our core an adventurous ‘can-do’ spirit, maintaining the ethos that young people develop positive skills and social responsibility by taking on challenges together. Therefore we head to the mountains of England as often as possible with groups from our clubs in the flatlands of Essex.


Click here to read our October 2021 newsletter to see what we have been up to.