THREE popular youth clubs will run for at least three more years after a housing association extended funding for them.

Broadacres has traditionally funded the youth clubs in Northallerton, Thirsk and Stokesley on a year-by-year basis.

But after entering into a successful partnership with The Clock - an independent charitable organisation which delivers services across North Yorkshire - to coordinate the clubs, the association has now gone a step further and guaranteed funding until at least 2021.

It means dozens of children will be able to continue enjoying the coordinated and fun activities put on by The Clock each week.

Andy Powell, Broadacres’ customer services director, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to extend funding for the youth clubs for a longer period. They have made a big difference in three communities where we have a high percentage of homes."

The Clock's chief executive, Abigail Homer, said: “Extending the funding to cover the next three years provides us with more security and stability and ill hopefully enable us to secure funding from elsewhere, as other organisations see the value the clubs bring to the local community.”