“The Rocket” visits Salford Lads Club

The amazing Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan was in the club last week, filming a documentary about sports stars. We asked William Doyle our young snooker and pool champion to drop in during the day, but didn’t let him know who the visitor was who wanted to meet him, here is William’s comment.

“Wow you can’t imagine the surprise I had seeing Ronnie O’Sullivan, I was speechless, but he was great to talk to, really down to earth, and he gave me some good advice, it was fantastic.”

Loaded – Gun crime and gangs

The Working Progress Theatre company came along to the girls club tonight to put on a short play about gun crime and gangs with their production of Loaded. The writer and actors involved the young people in discussions about what was taking place and how they might react in a similar situation. Pictures show the group performing and close up of actors Dolly Rose Campbell and Rob Ward with writer Jo Kirtley Pritchard.

Culture Show last week; Shameless and The Sun this week!

Last week Salford Lads’ Club featured prominently in a BBC2 ‘Culture Show’ special about The Smiths.  Last night we featured in a scene in the final episode of Channel 5’s ‘Shameless’, with Frank Gallagher ranting outside our front door about tourists and mobile phones. Meanwhile, in today’s edition of The Sun newspaper, Stewart Whittingham’s report about Salford as a holiday destination includes a photograph of him outside the club, dressed in shorts and sandals.  We were the first place that he visited of course!

Smiths Weekend

Our famous front doorway and the Smiths room feature in two BBC programmes about The Smiths this weekend. Tomorrow 6 music’s Liz Kershaw accompanies Craig Gill on a Smiths Tour and on Sunday Tim Samuels chats to Stuart Maconie as part of a BBC 2 Culture Show special.

Billiards Room 1920s style

Manchester based fashion Photographer Rachel Liggett returned to the club after her first photoshoot here in 2008; along with stylist Laura Sellers, makeup artist Sarah Morten and models Stephanie Slater and Henry Smith. This time they created a series of 1920s inspired images including one shot in the billiards room.

More of Rachel’s work is at http://www.rachelliggett.com/

BBC Football Focus live from the gym

Footbal focus audience in SLC Gym
Today we had a fantastic event in the club, BBC Sport’s Football Focus programme was broadcast in front of a live audience from the gym. The programme was presented by Dan Walker, with the panel
of Lee Dixon, Mark Lawrenson, Robbie Savage and special guest Michael Vaughan.
The audience were football fans who had travelled from many parts of the country to be here. We gave everybody a tour of the club including the boxing gyms, billiards room, concert hall and Smiths room. We’d like to thank everyone who came along and to the whole team from BBC Sport for making it such an enjoyable event.

Boxing film highlights aim to end racism in a generation

Filming Clench in the boxing gym
Riffat Ahmed’s film CLENCH premiered last week. The film is about a mixed race Asian teenage girl who takes part in a boxing course run by a black boxing coach. The film explores the girls own experience of racism and also her own preconceptions of other people and places. Adam Crosby one of the boxers at the club took part in the film which was shot on location here and Old Trafford.

It was commissioned by the Runnymede Trust to highlight their project Generation3.

Charlatans and Topman fundraise for SLC

The Charlatans performed in Manchester last night, part of a Topman CTRL event  in aid of the club.

Tim Burgess performs at the Topman CTRL gig

For more pictures and full reports go to

http://www.topmanctrl.com/2010/10/21/ctrl-live-manchester-review/

http://www.nme.com/news/the-charlatans/53502

“This one’s for Salford Lads Club,”  said lead singer  Tim Burgess  “Let’s keep it going for another 100 years”. It’s Brilliant that so many people give us this kind of support,  so thanks to all the fans, and bands who contributed to last nights event and thanks to Topman CTRL for bringing everything together.