History of the Belvedere Community Activity Centre

The Belvedere Community Activity Centre – known locally as ‘The Belve’ is an historic building in the heart of Toxteth, Liverpool 8. Built in 1898 as St Paul’s Institute in Miles Street the centre has played a crucial role in the life of successive generations of the local community. It has provided not just a host of sporting and recreational activities to young people, but acted as a beacon of hope and aspiration, imparting civilisation and the best of community values. It is an L8 institution, in the finest sense of the word.

In 2003, after falling on hard times and facing the prospect of the bulldozer, the building was saved by local residents with the support of local organisations who came together to breathe new life into the place. Residents with some members of the supporting Organisations formed a charitable company which succeeded in securing capital funding from Sport England and the Big Lottery Fund’s joint Active England programme, as well as Liverpool City Council.

The funding was used to renovate the historic club, modernise its facilities, and provide full disabled access throughout. The aim was and is to increase grass roots participation in sport and physical activity, particularly amongst the youth, elderly and groups who face social or cultural barriers to mainstream provision

The Belve has proven to be a much needed and valuable resource for the community, for both individuals and groups. The facility that has been created is a fully accessible community activity centre that will enable local people to enjoy a healthier and more active lifestyle for years to come.


The New Belve Youth & Community Sports Centre Ltd Registered Charity No. 1106581 Company No.5056396.

Registered in England