On Thursday 10th February Jessica Newman, Director of Development, and Paige Owen, Development Assistant, visited the Downside Fisher Youth Club.

Upon arrival, the Development Office were met by Chairman of the DFYC, Robert Coke (S90), who provided a tour of the Club and its vast facilities from the swimming pool to boxing, sports hall and drama/dance studio to name just a few of the spaces available.

The Downside Fisher Youth Club was founded over 100 years ago as the Fisher Catholic Club for Boys and Young Men by Mr Norman Potter. In 1912 Fr Stephen Rawlinson, a Downside Monk and Chaplain to the Fisher Catholic Club persuaded the Abbot at Downside to take over the responsibility for the Club. This resulted in the Club becoming known as the Downside Settlement and was supported by subscriptions from Old Gregorians. The longstanding relationship between both the Club and School continue to this day with yearly Summer Camps in the fields at Downside and talks to pupils about the importance of the Club.

The DFYC continues to promote the message it began with; supporting children and young people who are socially excluded from the Bermondsey and surrounding areas to fulfil their potential through a structured programme of activities. If you would like to read more about the Club’s History click here.

Thank you to the staff for such a warm welcome.