The Devas Club for Young People
is a youth club
, south London
, which provides sporting, educational and creative opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
The club was founded by Jocelyn Devas
, a student at University College, Oxford
, in 1884, as a ‘Club for Working Lads’ with the aim of providing young men with job skills., Wandsworth
, 19 October 2009. The club was originally called University College House
and was in a room above a coffee shop in Stewarts Road.Robin Darwall-Smith, A History of University College
, Oxford University Press
, 2008, page 410. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0. Following Jocelyn's death eighteen months after founding the club, in a climbing accident on the Matterhorn
, his father offered a substantial endowment if his college friends would carry on the work in Battersea.Oxford youth club celebrates 125 years,
, Lambeth Borough Council
, page 15, 1 November 2009.
This led to a move to larger premises in Thessally Road in Nine Elms
in 1907. The comprehensive redevelopment of the Nine Elms area to build New Covent Garden Market
prompted another move, to a purpose-built building on Stormont Road near Lavender Hill
in 1969, in a notably Brutalist
The club was constituted first under a scheme set up by the Charities Commissioners in 1901, when University College Oxford and then......