Well done, to club members Justin and Chad (pictured left) who took part in the National table Tennis finals of the Boys & Girls Clubs which was held in Lincoln during the summer. The level of skill was extremely high but both lads made it to the quarter finals, which is a great achievement. Table tennis is once again popular at the club and we hold the Greater Manchester Boys & Girls Club competitions here each year.
Lloyd Butler (left) and Lennon Lee who won the Greater Manchester under 12 pool finals, reached the National semi -finals of the Boys and Girls Clubs pool competition held in Newcastle Under Lyme recently. Having progressed to the last 8 out of a field of over 50 they came up against each other, with Lloyd going through to the semi- final.
We have been holding dance workshops as part of Dance Manchester’s STRIDE dance project. Professional dancers from Company Chameleon, have been working with our junior boxers and junior footballers The workshops have involving, exercise, movement and music. Thanks to Salix Homes for supporting these sessions at the club.
We have a great event at the club on Friday 3rd February with Smiths drummer Mike Joyce and Man City star Paul Lake talking about Music and Football. It should be another fascinating evening in the concert hall following on from talks with Tim Burgess in July and Peter Hook in October.
Mike is currently helping our fundraising with a T shirt we designed using his original photo of Morrissey. We have already sold £10,000 of the T shirts and the profits from the sales are going towards a visit to New York at Easter for young people at the club. The shirts are also available on our shop page.
Tickets for the event are available from
We held the final sessions for the clubs this week, with the lads club putting on their annual xmas party, including the traditional blind boxing competition. The girls club also held their party this week and we’d like to thank the BootsUk stores in Trafford and Salford for donating presents for these events.
We would like to thank the BBC Children in Need appeal and the Zochonis Trust for funding our activities throughout the year and to Newground Housing group for the recent grant to restore the bandroom, which is nearing completion.
One of the great friends of the club, Craig Gill of Inspiral Carpets has died aged 44. Craig Gill was part of the cities incredible musical heritage but he was also a genuine nice guy who promoted everybody else’s heritage too. I feel proud to be called a friend of Craig, I got to know him over the last 14 years when he brought musicians, radio presenters, film crews, tourist bosses , journalists and thousands of music fans to Salford Lads Club. Last year we made SLC T shirts in City blue and United red , I thought Craig who was a true blue, would only wear the blue one, but the following week on his tour there he was leading his team of visitors in our red T shirt! He was equally in awe of the clubs history and volunteer team: last Saturday when we were short staffed he was pleased to help, making tea and coffee for his bus full of visitors from around the world.
200 seventeen year olds have been in the club for the past 2 days as part of Salford Foundation’s NCS programme. The National Citizen Service is very popular and this year the group have included new activities. SUMO (shut up and move on!) is aimed at developing confidence in young people, the introduction to boxing is about challenging yourself, and the first aid is about personel survival skills and helping others.
The club played host to group of lads from Duncanrig Secondary School from East Kilbride, Scotland. The club was packed and they joined our lads for games of five a side, boxing, table tennis, pool and a tour of the club. The evening was rounded off with hot dogs and chips.
The volunteer team at the club have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2016. Between them they have have contributed over 600 years volunteering. Club president Anthony Groves great, great gandson of one of the original founders commented “The Queens Award for Voluntary Service formally recognises the team’s contributions at the very highest level. Their phenomenal work has ensured that the original vision of James and William Groves lives on today as one of the most successful and oldest, charitable youth establishments in the world”
200 young people from Salford and Trafford have been in the club this week, taking part in the National Citizenship Programme. The course was provided by the Salford Foundation and included first aid, self-defence and skill based workshops about community projects. The workshops were supported by the St Johns Ambulance, ForViva and the self-defence by Salford Lads Club.