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.
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.
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.
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.
The event was featured on ITVs Granada Reports and in the MEN https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/salford-lads-clubs-forgotten-sporting-16028831
The exhibition is open to visitors on Saturday 30th March from 11-2pm (please note resident only parking on street around the club)
We have another of our special fundraising evenings in the concert hall on Saturday February 23rd with actors John Thomson & Chris Gascoyne.
Tickets are £12 each online or £15 on the door.
Doors and bars will be open from 7pm. The event will start at 8pm.
tickets from https://evntm.uk/coldfeetmeetsthestreet