The Truck goes on holiday patrol

AMELIA REYNOLDS
Last updated 13:00 09/07/2014

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Nelson's teenagers will be driven out of potential boredom these school holidays with Nelson's mobile recreation centre, The Truck, parked up at various spots across the city blasting beats and hosting skate sessions and sports games.

From Tuesday to Saturday for the next two weeks The Truck will be stationed from 12 to 4pm at Nelson and Broadgreen Intermediate, Victory Community Centre, Stoke Memorial Hall and a mystery location.

The free school-holiday activities make up The Winter Sessions and are an extension of The Truck's regular after-school programme.

The Truck came about after The Hub, Nelson's youth centre, closed in 2012 due to earthquake risk. The mobile youth-centre is one of three initiatives run by Youth and Community Trust, a not for profit council-funded organisation, endorsing safe drug and alcohol-free activities.

The trust's recreation manager, Nathan Telford, said The Truck expected 40 to 50 mostly intermediate age young people to "hang out" each day. Enza would provide apples each day.

Callum Huntley, 18, a fulltime senior recreation leader at The Truck, said it was great to give kids a safe place to "burn off a bit of energy".

Wetuh Lam, 12, said he came to The Truck every Tuesday after school and during the school holidays when it was in his area. The Nelson Intermediate student said the best thing about The Truck was it gave kids an opportunity to scooter and learn.

"Every time I come to The Truck I just grab a scooter and ride," he said.

Head to thetruck.co.nz to find out when The Truck is next in your area.

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- The Nelson Mail

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