Camping Post-WW2 and Post-Pandemic

When the junior group set off last Saturday for the club’s first camp in 3 years, it was a reminder of the problems faced by earlier generations of Salford Lads.

At the end of WW2, veteran club members Eric Salthouse and Archie Swift were young lads looking forward to their first ever holiday with Salford Lads Club – but they had to wait until 1947 for their first experience of camping! This was a junior camp to Kettleshulme in Derbyshire, with older boys attending a senior camp later in the year.

Fast forward to 2022 and Covid has had a similar impact on our annual excursion: the introduction of age bubbles, to keep everyone safe through the pandemic, has been extended into separate junior and senior camps in the Lake district.

As you can imagine however, the list of clothes requested for lads to bring in 1947 (see image above) was very different from today’s list, which includes trainers, fleeces, sleeping bags and mobile phones!

We’d like to thank The Zochonis Trust for funding the 2022 camp and @GMYouthFed for enabling us to use Ormside Mill Oudoor Centre in the Lake District.

Support for our cultural heritage

We are pleased to share news that we have received funding thanks to the government’s Culture Recovery Fund. Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the government’s Culture Recovery Fund delivered by DCMS we can continue to serve the local community. 

Salford Lads Club continues to provide opportunities for local young people to participate in sports and creative activities. Leslie Holmes, Project Manager said: “This is really great news after our struggles during the pandemic. We were able to continue with young people’s activities outdoors, but without visitors attending our weekly open days we lost over £90k of our income during the 2 years. International visitors are now beginning to come back to the city – it will be a slow process to recover and this funding will help us survive.” 

The funds will help us protect and share our unique heritage – our building and archive tell stories spanning nearly 120 years, with photos, membership records, newsletters and film reels. The archive also helps people trace their family trees, with over 22,500 members appearing on our ‘Wall of Names’ created by Why Not Associates in 2016. We’ll also be able to continue welcoming culture lovers and music fans from all over the world, sharing our place in Manchester’s music scene thanks to a very famous photo of one of Manchester’s iconic bands.

Mike Joyce, drummer from The Smiths and native Mancunian said of the award: “Wonderful news to hear Salford Lads Club has been recognised by the Historic England and Heritage Fund in continuing its original purpose and passing on the working class traditions of the club. It’s a magnificent and well deserved accolade for all who have helped along the way. The first time I went to the club was for that photo, but didn’t actually meet the folks involved until 2003. Since then it’s been great to see the club going from strength to strength.”

Our motto has always been ‘to brighten young lives and make good citizens’ and in these challenging times and with this investment through the Culture Recovery Fund, we can continue to weather the storm of coronavirus, come back stronger and continue our mission. 

You can learn more about our history and work in a new series of short films on Culture Made in Salford from Marketing Manchester, Salford City Council and the University of Salford.

Tim Burgess fundraising event Sat. 2nd October

Tim Burgess in Conversation with Dave Haslam talking Listening Parties, 31 years of The Charlatans and everything in-between. Followed by a Listening Party book signing.

Doors open at 5pm – join us for a look around our Smiths room, browse our fundraising merchandise and enjoy a drink from the bar. Event starts at 7pm and finishes at 9pm.

This is a 14+ event. Tickets £12 from the link below.

Shaun Ryder Fundraising event for the club 17th October

photo of Shaun by Elspeth Moore

We are thrilled to announce How to be a Rock Star – “An Evening with Shaun Ryder”. Music legend Shaun Ryder will be our special guest for a fundraising in-conversation event with journalist, musician and presenter John Robb on Sunday, 17 October 2021

It will be a perfect fit to have John on stage posing all the questions to Shaun at this exclusive in-conversation event, which will be an opportunity to get a flavour of Shaun’s new book, How to Be a Rock Star. John and Shaun know each other well, so the audience will be treated to the “real inside story” of Shaun’s extraordinary life. 

For the second part of the evening, there will be a Q&A, where John will be reading out selected questions submitted by members of the audience to ask Shaun.

Tickets for this exclusive fundraising event will be £22 and will be available now via this link:

Doors will open at 5 pm. The event starts at 6.30 pm and will finish at approximately 9.00 pm, including an interval. The bar will open from 5 pm until 9.30 pm.

This event is an opportunity for the audience to look at the Wall of Names and The Smiths Room, our Salford Lads Clubmerchandise ~ including the latest ‘North’ t-shirt designs ~ will be on sale throughout the evening. 

All profits from the night will be going to our young people’s activities and events.

We’re recruiting for a part-time Director of Youth Services

Salford Lads’ and Girls’ Club are looking for an inspirational Director of Youth Services to develop the evolution of our iconic 118-year-old club.

This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of young people in Salford, make a real difference, and in the words of our Club motto “Brighten young lives and make good citizens”.

Are you a youth service professional with ambition and vision who can manage and provide co-ordinated support for our members and make a real difference to their lives?

Can you manage, direct and inspire our youth workers and volunteers?

Can you help us deliver our ambitious plans as this world famous institution moves into an exciting new era?

To find out more download the Role Profile.

To apply, please send your completed application form (and monitoring form) to, by midnight Friday 1st October 2021.

View of the new city from Salford Lads Club

The first view visitors have of the club is of the bright green dome, or cupola, visible from Regent Road.  The view from the top is spectacular with almost uninterrupted views across the city. The structure of the cupola housed the original ventilation system for the building and along with the chimney stacks and ornate terracotta blocks are all part of the original design of the building from 1903.  The view from the top early this morning shows the rapidly changing skyline of Manchester and Salford with Media City visible as well as the tower of St Ignatius Church. Looking towards Manchester is the new set of tower blocks known as Deansgate Square with Beetham Tower just visible on the left.

Looking towards Salford quays and Media City

Healthy Improvements

We are currently making significant improvements to benefit the health of everybody who use the club; thanks to a @SalfordCVS @SalfordCCG, Covid-19 Recovery grant. This funding is enabling us to reopen original window frames which were sealed many years ago, Craftsmen from Midoaks Construction are undertaking the work on our listed building; it will improve the flow of natural ventilation in the games rooms, concert hall, boxing gyms and billiards room. 

Looking forward to a brighter future

We are looking forward to 2021, when we can continue “To Brighten Young lives & Make Good Citizens” All our indoor activities were halted in March by the pandemic, but our football coaches and staff have continued to offer young people a brighter future.

Volunteer football coach Ken talks to the under 10 team during training

Mask me, Mask me, Mask me

Like many small charities the past year has impacted on our ability to raise funds, and we have lost over £60,000 of our income. A great deal of this is because we have had to close our doors to visitors. We want this ”mask me” fundraiser to raise awareness of charities like ours who so far have been unable to access national emergency funds. We generate 30% of our income from sales of T shirts and over the past 15 years we have accumulated trial samples of the shirts. Working with Holly Ramsay of Salford arts business from Islington Mill we have created a set of 30 unique masks from these samples.  

If you would like to support us, please make a bid for 1 of these 30 masks to stating the number of the mask and the amount you would like to offer,  for example mask nu. 25 or Any mask, the minimum donation we are asking for is £20 which will cover our costs, so any amount above this will raise funds for our future.

SEE Facebook, Twitter and instagram FOR HIGHEST BIDS SO FAR

The fundraiser will be open until 10.00 pm on the 9th December. We will then contact the people who have made the highest bid for each mask. The uniquely numbered mask will be posted out with a mask me postcard, designed by Amber McCormack (who also created the Morrissey bust.) These will be posted during the week of 14th December.

Snowden Fundraiser for the club

Last month Toni (left) and Natalie (right) climbed Mount Snowden to raise funds for the club in memory of Natalie’s dad, former club member Phil Cadogan who died recently. This was a really amazing effort that has raised £1,120 to date. Phil would be very proud and we add a big thank you from everyone at the club, well done.