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.
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