Who are: 
Lambton Street

Kevin Howard, Project ManagerLambton Street Youth and Community Hub based in Sunderland is an award-winning organisation originally established in 1901 and is one of the oldest youth and community centres in Europe.

Our awards include:  

  City of Sunderland Safeguarding Children's Board that it meets the minimum standards in respect of safeguarding children work.
  NNAS (National Navigation Award Scheme)  Bronze Level.
  NNAS 2015 Registration Certificate, Young navigation's star award Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.
  OCR Approved Centre.
  FA Charter Standard.
  Street Mark - Street Games for Doorstep Sports.
  English Karate Federation - Official Quality Assured Club.
  Duke of Edinburgh Award Centre

Our centre is managed by an elected management Committee who has overall responsibility for the project. The Committee employs Kevin Howard (Project Manager) who is a qualified Youth & Community Worker and is responsible for the day to day running of the centre.

We act as a community resource for individuals living in the City of Sunderland by providing advice and assistance and organising programmes of physical, educational and other activities as a means of:

  Advancing in life and helping individuals by developing their skills, capacities and capabilities to enable them to participate in society as independent, mature and responsible individuals;
  Advancing education.
  Providing recreational and leisure time activity in the interests of social welfare for inhabitants of the Area of Benefit who have need by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, poverty or social and economic circumstances with a view to improving the conditions of life of such persons.

Centre Activities

Given the diversity and range of the rooms and facilities here at the centre we offer a safe place for many different activities and groups.

Please give us a call on 0191 5675227 for our latest timetable.

Boxing Club

Lambton Street has a long and established boxing history which was set up when the centre first opened back in 1901. We consistently produce great boxers at our club, from all ages and weights. 

Circuit Training

Circuit training has been running for over 40 years. Participants are of mixed age and gender with an average attendance of over 30 people per session. Our circuit training sessions are designed to improve fitness and weight. 

Fitness Suite

Our fitness suite is a great way for our members to work off those unwanted extra pounds. With a selection of both cardio and resistance machines available, we can cater to everyone’s needs. 

Football Club

Lambton Street FC has had great success in previous seasons and we currently have four teams from under 8's up to under 18's level, all playing in local leagues.

Shotokan Karate

The karate group has 6 black belts in their ranks and often take part in regional competitions. Our karate club constantly grows in participants and is currently over 70 members aged 5 years and over. 

Judokwai (Judo)

Originally formed in 1965 by Jimmy Oliver at the Sunderland YMCA and later moved to our centre, Judo is run by John Simpson (4th Dan) who joined the club at the age of sixteen in 1970 and took over from Jimmy.

Lambton Streetz Urban Dance Academy

Lambton Streetz provide fun street dance classes for ages 5-25 years old. Beginner classes are designed to allow all members to experience street dancing and learn basic techniques of this fun style. 

Youth Club

Our youth group members don't just come to the centre for our sports activities, but also for socialising with and to make new friends; whether it be in the main activities area using our facilities or to just relax in our chill out room.

Girls Group

A great opportunity for girls 11-19 years to meet up and engage different activities or just listening to music. We also educate girls about bullying, peer pressure, sexual health, personal hygiene and substance abuse.

Active Families

Active Forever
This is a project ran by Active Families for local residents aged 55+.  They do a variety of classes including Yoga or Assisted Gym Activities, Walking Football or Active Dance.  A light lunch is provided from 12 noon.  This is a fantastic opportunity for those older people who may be socially isolated to meet new people and make friends, have a chat and at the same time enjoy a lunch with company and become more active and feel fitter.  Click on the image to the right or View the PDF version for more information.

BME Ladies Keep Fit
This is another project run by Active Families for local BME ladies who want to get fit and learn about healthy eating.  This takes place on a Saturday afternoon and runs until June 2019.

Centre Services

We offer a wide range of rooms, services and equipment for hire which is ideal for people looking to hold business meetings, staff training, promotional events and educational studies.

Meeting Rooms

We have 2 meeting rooms that are ideal for meetings or training courses you may be looking to organise. We provide all equipment such as overhead projectors, white boards and computers equipped with internet. Tea and coffee can also be provided.


We have a fully functional kitchen fitted with equipment and facilities suitable for wheelchair users. The kitchen is equipped with electric oven, grill and hobs, fridge, hot water boiler, kettle, microwave, pots and pans, cups and plates.

Sports Hall

Our multi-purpose sports hall provides facilities for a number of different sports including football, basketball, netball, badminton, tennis, and trampolining. With two dividers, the hall can be split into 3 separate sections.

Boxing Gym

Our boxing gym is ideal for any instructors looking for a place to conduct exercise classes such as yoga, boxercise, boot camps, dance classes, along with other fitness activities. The gym has a full sized boxing ring, a number of punch bags, skipping ropes, gloves for hire and a built in timer.


We provide a C-Card service for young people in the area age 14-24. We take sexual health and responsibility very seriously and try to encourage those who are engaging in sexual activity to take responsibility for their actions and encourage safe sex.  Visit us in confidence to receive any advice, contraception or education regarding sexual issues. 


We look to empower our older members by offering voluntary work, administration duties and assisting with planning events and activity trips. This is a great opportunity for you to gain work experience and learn how an organisation is run which could benefit you while looking for any employment.


Below are just 3 of the great comments we receive from visitors at our centre.  For more please visit our Facebook page.

"Amazing centre for kids of all ages. Fantastic staff too."

Beckie Kempthorne

"Well maintained and cared for local facility, catering for local football and a popular boxing club. "

Daniel McGwinn

"Excellent staff, warm friendly environment.
Great choice of exercises."

Clare Gray

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