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.
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.
22,500 membership records – We get lots of enquires from people tracing family history and one recently asking about boxing at Salford Lads Club in the early 1900s. Unfortunately we didn’t have a membership record in this case, but the outfits in the photograph are exactly like lads used to wear here for a variety of sports including gymnastics boxing and wrestling. The picture of a boxing class is from the book “working lads club” published in 1908 and shows boys in similar outfits. Boxing was very popular here in 1903 and classes took place in the concert hall. The detailed picture of the concert hall today shows the location of the original corner posts for the boxing ring, which are still visible. Maybe somebody knows about other lads club in Salford who had boxing classes; there were at least 5 other lads clubs, including Irwell Street, Adelphi, Egerton Street, Pendleton and Chapel Street.
Great to see Warren Smith knighted in the New Year’s Honours list. Warren was instrumental in kick-starting our fundraising campaign in 2005 when he was chairman of LPC Living. He became chairman of the club in 2006 and has continued to support us. He is pictured here in 2009 by photographer Stephen Wright. Warren has been the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester since 2007.
Ahead of the Rugby League Grand Final on Saturday at Old Trafford 4 of the Salford Red Devils team came along to the club with Sky Sports. They were filmed in the boxing gym, main fooball gym and the Smiths room and of course on Coronation Street and in front of the Salford Lads Club sign. We presented the players with our Salford Lad T shirt. Thanks to Sky SportsRL and players Krisnan Inu, George Griffin, Niall Evalds and Tui Lolohea.
The entrance hall was transformed yesterday with filming for a series called “Thirties in Colour” with Brian and Leslie viewing and talking about the 1939 SLC camp film. Amazing to see this b/w footage in colour for the first time, the series will be shown on Channel 5.