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.
“ 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.
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.
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.
We had a visit by a group of junior boxers from Eccles Boxing Club tonight to do some sparring with our junior boxers. Its great to make a link with another Boxing Club and we’d like to build on this in the future.
This week the concert hall has been transformed for the recreation of “ The Netball Party” an annual event that took place between 1919 and 1939. By the 1930s netball was the most popular indoor sport at the club with more than 200 boys playing each week. We would like to thank Salford University for helping us make the project happen and to St Josephs RC Primary and Primrose Hill Primary for taking part. Thanks also to volunteers from Talktalk.
A group from the Lads Club visited Challenge 4 Change in Trafford Park this week. They had a great time, its quite a challenge to negociate the high level walkways suported on a slender harness, but we had plenty of dare devils willing to give it a go.
Jay and James (pictured Right and left middle row) are our new sports coaches, from the Salford Red Devils Foundation. Tonight they brought along their under 16 rugby league team to try a spot of boxing with lads club coaches Dave Connell and Kevin McCloskey.