80 students from Salford were in the club today as part of the Salford Foundation NCS programme. “Making good Citizens” is what we are all about, so its good to have a new group of 16 and 17 year olds from across Salford sharing in positive activities. They are taking part in a week long programme which includes a residential and workshops and visits, today it was about fitness and a motivational talk about choosing the right path. Tomorrow its the turn of 80 students from Trafford.
It may have been pouring with rain on Wednesday night this week but the club was packed for football and junior boxing . Our under 14 footballers are playing in the Bury League this year, but we also have a new group of under 11s and they took part in a 5 a side tournament with lads from Barr Hill JFC.
We are open Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September from 11am- 3pm for the Heritage Open Days. Our event features the special exhibition “Albert Finney was never a member” in the form of 21 blue plaques installed in different rooms around the building, to mark people’s visits or links with the club; like Graham Nash and Alan Clarke performing in a minstrel troupe here in 1956, Wayne Rooney and Frank Sidebottom together in the gym in 2014, or the most current one Maxine Peake in the kitchen wearing a pair of marigolds!
7 young people from the club took part in a 10 day trip to New York recently. The group visited The Boys Club of New York , The Lower Eastside Girls Club , The Saturday Night Lights programme in East Harlem. They attended a first team training session at New York City FC, 25 miles upstate from Manhattan. The group also met coaches and boxers at the legendary Gleeson’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn and went to Baseball and Ice Hockey games. The trip was funded through links with Manchester Music, Mike Joyce’s photo of Morrissey was used on a T shirt, and promoter Chris Blay has arranged a Manchester music Tribute event at the Castlefield Bowl on the Spring Bank holiday weekend.
A fashion show using discarded materials proved to be a great success for the audience in the senior games room last night. The project working with Ordsall Community Arts has been very popular with the group over the past few months. All the clothes have been created by the group, who collected the materials and made the garments. The event raised money for breast cancer awareness.
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.
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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.