Kids' Clubs Network has defended its decision to accept £2.5 million from confectioner Nestle.
The Nestle Trust will donate the money over the next three years, with £1.2 million to be used to set up Make Space, which aims to develop out of school clubs for 11-16 year olds. The remainder will be used to fund the running of the project.
Kids' Clubs conducted research with 2,000 parents and teenagers before accepting the sponsorship deal, and those surveyed did not report concern about the link with Nestle.
Harris Beider, campaign director of Make Space, said: "One of the teenagers that we spoke to said that if young people would receive greater support, more facilities and opportunities that they would not otherwise have, she didn't care where the money came from."
The Make Space Fund will support local clubs, helping them to reach certain core criteria to achieve the required status for membership.