Its 168 days since we closed our front door, so its great to be able to reopen this Saturday from 11-2pm. Because of COVID restrictions we are only admitting a limited number of visitors. Please go to https://v2.waitwhile.com/welcome/salfordladsclub to book a place by choosing ‘schedule an appointment’. There might be a few places available on the day for anyone who arrives without a booking. Visitors will be required to wear a mask or facecovering.
From September we are increasing the number of junior football teams at the club and we want more boys and girls in years 4,5,6 and 7 to join us.
Our new teams for boys and girls – Under10, Under 12 Our existing teams – Under 13, Under 14
We are an FA Charter Standard club with qualified FA coaches.
Home games are played on the all-weather pitch at Ordsall Park and we travel to away games in the club minibus. The facilities of our world famous club on Coronation Street are open to all players. Interested?
Then contact Chris Brierley by email at email@example.com
We asked footballers in our under 12 and under 13 teams what they thought about Marcus Rashford’s role in getting the Government to change its policy over free school meals during the summer holidays. “ I feel really inspired, many children will benefit from what Marcus Rashford has done.” Jonathan under 13 team. “What Marcus Rashford has done is amazing, I will wear his name on my shirt with extra pride today” Ole under 12 team.
With the 2020 Aberystwyth camp cancelled, we have put together a short film with photos of lads and volunteers camping at home and what they miss most about the Salford Lads Club camp. It includes some archive photos alongside the photos from young club members and volunteers.
Known to everyone as “Salty” Eric joined the club aged 12 in 1942. By 1949 he was captain of the senior netball team, a high dive and crawl swimming champion and played semi pro- football for Altrincham. His first volunteer job at the club was to light the coal fires in the games rooms before each evening session. He attended the first post WW2 camp at Kettlehulme in 1947 and was still attending camp in 2012.
In the video, Tales from camp https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3W18RShi3g&list=PL8vzwBxG4B2OrGBNsuaUCiuW-6ad2z3q4#action=share Eric talks about cycling the 20 miles from Ordsall to Kettleshulme in Derbyshire, after work on a Friday evening to set up the campsite.
Eric is pictured top left in the centre (wearing braces) at the 1949 camp; in the kitchen at the 1980 camp; front left at the 2005 camp and front row centre in the SLC football team of 1947.
#NeverMoreNeeded Our film is a reminder of a typical lively Wednesday night at Salford Lads Club with football and boxing. 170 local young people benefit from activities we offer each week.
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We are sad to announce the recent death of Jean Unsworth 4 days short of her 90th birthday. Jean was secretary of the club from 1975 to 1990 and worked alongside her husband Ken who was joint leader with Dave Waterson. Ken and Jean are pictured (centre) at the 1982 camp. Jean was secretary at the time of Stephen Wright’s now iconic photograph of The Smiths taken in 1985, but back then it caused a lot of controversy. The MEN newspaper article from 1998 is now pasted in the Smiths room and gets lots of interest from visitors from around the world.
Earlier this week we reluctantly took the decision to cancel plans for our 2020 annual camp trip in line with government guidelines. It’s the first time since WW2 that the camp will not take place. Planning has been going on at the club since January and 25 young club members had already signed up to take part. Only the general strike of 1926 and WW2 have led to the camp being cancelled before.
Neal Keeling has published an article about this in today’s MEN https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/salford-lads-club-coronavirus-summer-17950126
Young volunteers Jess and Blaine who help every Saturday at our open days, had an early morning flight, courtesy of Simulator Adventures, Salford Quays. They took control alongside pilot Alan. After the session they were back in time to help with Manchester Music Tours visitors. The photo shows Jess with senior club volunteer Dennis Lewtas, Alan and Blaine. Thanks to Alan and Stewart at Simulator Adventures for a very special experience.
“ To Brighten Young lives & Make Good Citizens” is our founding motto, so it was good to welcome a group from Nelson last night with very similar aims. Positive Voices is a global youth project from Marsden Heights Community School in Nelson working with year 10 students. The young people and youth leaders had a tour of the club meeting volunteers before joining our Wednesday lads club sessions of boxing, football and table tennis.