SLC team win Greater Manchester Challenge

Three members of the lads club, Dylan Kelly, Callum Wilson and Billy Quincey travelled to Appleby-in-Westmorland

last weekend to take part in the Frank Luke Challenge, organised by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater

Manchester. The outdoor adventure weekend is an annual challenge competition for teams from clubs across Greater Manchester.

SLC Triumph at Snooker Competition

GMCYP snooker winners from SLC

SLC members William Doyle, Casey James and Kyle Hili took  the top three places in the Greater Manchester Federation of  Clubs for Young People  under 14 snooker competition.
The final was held at Stockport Lads’ Club last night. William Doyle (L) once again came out as winner adding a second trophy to his pool win in December.  Casey James (C) was runner up and Kyle Hili (R) won the 3rd place play off.  All three will go through to the Northern Finals at Preston.

The Eric and Archie team – 135 years for SLC

Two of the most remarkable men you could ever meet, Eric Salthouse and Archie Swift Eric, secretary Brian Ball and  Archiejoined Salford Lads’ Club as 12 year olds. This week the club acknowledged their combined 135 years involvement, first as junior members and then as volunteers.  Eric has now been involved with the club for 70 years and Archie 65 years. The first camp they attended just after WW2 was in 1946 and they were both present at this year’s historic 100th camp.

Niall sets off for the Himalayas

Salford Lads’ Club volunteer, Niall Armsden sets off this week to the Indian Himalayas as one of only 2 young people in the North West selected to take part in an expedition organised the BSES, British Schools Exploration Society.
Niall is an experienced camper, having taken part in 8 camping trips with Salford Lads club since he joined at the age of 10. He has also picked up first aid and heart start qualifications with the club.

Niall Armsden outside of SLC

Niall has received support from the Greater Manchester Lieutenancy and The New Barracks Tenants Co- Operative. He organised fundraising events by bag packing at Sainsburys Regent Road and with family and friends.The trip which is also part funded through an Army bursary scheme. Next year after finishing at Salford College Niall starts training to become a paramedic.

More info at http://www.bses.org.uk/expeditions

To follow Nialls trip go to

http://blog.bses.org.uk/himalayas2010/?p=1#comment-1

9 Salford Lads and Girls reach finals

Greater Manchester table tennis finalists

Niall Armsden won the Greater Manchester Federation under19 table tennis competition last week.  Club member Robert Payne also reached the final of the under 14 competition. Both will go forward to the regional finals
later this year.   Table tennis and pool

Salford Lads and Girls Dominate Snooker and Pool Competitions.
7 members off SLGC have won places to the regional snooker and pool finals in Preston later this year. Ryan Miller, Zac Murray, Niall Armsden, Alex Scott and Toni Stapleton join Barry Britain and Dylan Whitehead as Greater Manchester winners and runners up. This is a record number of SLGC members to win events in the same year, fantastic!

Greater Manchester Snooker champs

Club members travelled to Stockport Lads’ Club this week to take part  dylan and barryin the Greater

Manchester Federation under 14 Snooker Competition.  We came away with both winner

and runner up prizes. Dylan Whitehead (left)  and Barry Britton (right) will now go through

as regional winners to the Northern Final later in the season.

Drawing Inspiration Award

Our project Knockout Drawings from the Boxing Ring has been chosen as one of only 5 award winners from 1312 Big Draw events across the UK.

Sue Grayson Ford, Campaign Director, comments “Salford Lads’ and Girls’ Club and Ordsall Community Arts fully demonstrated the Big Draw’s aims of bringing people together, engaging them creatively and supporting active learning – all through drawing. Unique and imaginative methods made this a knockout event and produced surprising images.

Artist Leslie Holmes and Gail Skelly, co-ordinator of Ordsall Community Arts will be presented with £500 for their organisations by leading illustrator and Campaign patron Quentin Blake at a ceremony hosted by the Campaign for Drawing at the British Museum on 4 April 2007. This award is the second recognition in two years for this partnership. Their 2005 Drawing Coronation Street won a Runners-up Award.

We would like to thank

Awards for All and Salford City Council for supporting our event.

Support from Aimhigher Greater Manchester will enable us to take 8 young people to the event in London.

Salford Lads’ Club Nominated as one of England’s Favourite Icons

Salford Lads’ Club is currently in 2nd place in a poll of over 900 nominations to find the favourite icons of England. An online poll at www.icons.org.uk shows Salford Lads’ Club well ahead of 10 Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and even The Daleks! So if you want to show your support for our club please go to the icons website.

Archie has a date with the Queen, Hazel Blears and Stephen Wright

Hazel Blears and Archie
Hazel Blears and Archie

On Tuesday this week the Queen presented Archie Swift with an MBE for his lifetime of voluntary work at Salford Lads’ Club. Archie and his family travelled to London for the ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Later in the day Archie called at the Palace of Westminster and had tea with Salford MP and chair of the Labour Party Hazel Blears. Smiths photographer Stephen Wright offered to record the occasion for Archie and we are delighted to be able to show the picture here.