Football cage in church heralds launch of new youth group in Gorleston 

19th June 2018
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Young people enjoying the football cage at the launch of Mags.  photo:  Matthew Price

A church in Gorleston was taken over by young people on Friday evening as a football cage was installed in the church building

Pews were cleared out of the way on 15th June as St Mary Magdalene Church on Magdalen Square in Gorleston launched its new youth club, Mags, with the main attraction being a football cage in the nave. In a quick paced game, pairs of youngsters took it in turns to compete with one another in the cage as others gathered around the outside to cheer them on

The youth group also featured the regular activities of table football, table tennis, snooker, and a chill out zone with Wi-Fi access. In addition, there was a well-stocked tuck shop which offered drinks and pick-and-mix sweets, as well as pizza slices and cakes

Rev Matthew Price, Minister of St Mary Magdalene Church, explained “We were delighted to welcome 28 young people to the launch of Mags. From September, we are planning this will become a regular group for young people in school year 6 and above

Mr Price continued “Friday was the first of three special launch events and we were grateful to the Sports Factory team from St Thomas’ church in Norwich for bringing their football cage for the fun!”

The next Mags launch event takes place on Friday 29th June from 6pm-7.30pm which, alongside the regular activities, will feature a giant inflatable bull game in the church

For further information about Mags, Mr Price can be contacted on 01493 298313 or

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Young people enjoying the football cage at the launch of Mags.   photot: Matthew Price