“ 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.
Our under 12 footballers are taking part in a 5 week summer football tournament in Manchester. Yesterday they played against Astley and won an exciting game 4-3. Pictures show them in the SLC gym with coaches Clark and Vitor and at the ground at Abraham Moss Sports ground. We will be running 2 teams in September an under 12 and an under 13 team with coaches, Leon, Danny, Clark and Vitor.
The girls club have been working with Ordsall Community Arts for the past 3 weeks creating some weird and wonderful hats. The group have designed and then made the hats from cardboard and fabric. They will be on show during the Salford Mad Hatters Parade which takes place at Victoria Park Swinton on June 8th.
On Saturday 25th May a party of lads club members set off for the clubs 108th camp to Aberystwyth. The first camp in 1904 was at Llanddulas in Wales and the club camps have taken place in many different locations including, Bridlington on the Yorkshire Coast, Ramsey on the Isle of Man, Kettleshulme in Derbyshire and Hoylake on the Wirral. The Salford Youth Alliance joined our own volunteer team to set up the campsite earlier in the week.
On Thursday 16th May we hosted a BBC Radio Manchester live broadcast last week attended by over 100 people. Former Salford Lad Mike Sweeney and Jack Ranson presented the programme, “ Mad For It” which was part of Mental health awareness week. Andys Man Club and Mind were represented and the 3 hour programme linked comedy from Smug Roberts and Chris Washington and conversation.
The programme is available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p079j4fj