OnSide Youth Zones is delighted to announce the appointment of Alice Davey as General Manager of the eagerly anticipated Wolverhampton Youth Zone - The Way, which is due to begin construction on site later this month.

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The Way which is set to open its doors to the young people of Wolverhampton in early 2016, has already started its planning for the future with the appointment of Alice who will officially start her role as General Manager from Monday 13 October.

Alice has a wide ranging career, which has spanned over 25 years within the public, private and voluntary sectors - encompassing sport and recreation management, regeneration and community development, heritage and arts, education and lifelong learning, external funding and grant aid.

Chairman of The Way, Steve Morgan OBE commented: "I am delighted that Alice has been appointed The Way's General Manager. Alice brings with her a wealth of experience and I am positive her appointment will be of huge benefit to the Youth Zone and youngsters in Wolverhampton."

"The Way has been given the green light to commence with construction, which is fantastic news. It's certainly an exciting time ahead for Wolverhampton, a big thanks must go to everyone who has made this possible."

Alice commented on her appointment: "I am delighted to take up this role as General Manager at The Way Youth Zone. I am passionate about the power of sport and arts activities in the lives of young people and see this as a perfect opportunity to use my skills and experience to make a positive difference at The Way."

A Loughborough University graduate, Alice has gained a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management from Warwick Business School.

The Way's Young People's Development Group took part in Alice's recruitment, member Kashmire Hawker added: "It has been an interesting experience being involved in the hiring, we really enjoyed meeting candidates of this high calibre and all the candidates showed a fantastic range of skills. The process has really helped me learn how to interview people properly and understand the skills needed to be involved in recruitment. Being able to help find the right person has been an important step in moving The Way in the right direction."

Final plans for the Youth Zone were recently approved by Wolverhampton City Council. Commenting on the development, Councillor Val Gibson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "The Way is a hugely important development for young people in Wolverhampton, and I'm delighted that work is about to begin on this state of the art facility.

"It will provide a huge array of activities for young people, from sport, fitness and dance, to arts, music, media and self improvement. There will also be a sports hall, gym, cafe and recreation areas so there really will be something for everyone."

  • released: Friday 10 October, 2014