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.
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.
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.
Our new fundraising t shirt features an orignal photo of Morrissey by Mike Joyce. Mike offered to help our fundraising and between us we have come up with this great new T shirt to raise funds for a second USA trip for young people at the club, and future activities for young people. The T shirt is in a classic 80s yellow, is available on our shop page. People can also buy them at the club from Saturday 22nd October. Aflecks in Manchester are also supporting our fundraising and the shirt will be available from our popup shop at their famous indie store on Oldham Street all next week. Thanks to Manc icons Chris Eccelston, Maxine Peak, John Thomson, Mark Radcliffe and Mike Joyce for being our “models” joining in the fun and supporting the club.
The club played host to group of lads from Duncanrig Secondary School from East Kilbride, Scotland. The club was packed and they joined our lads for games of five a side, boxing, table tennis, pool and a tour of the club. The evening was rounded off with hot dogs and chips.
The Manchester Evening News reported our special pop-up shop.
Morrissey merchandise will be on sale in his ‘Mpourium’ including limited T-shirts, vinyl, and his books for three days to coincide with the weekend that the singer is performing in Manchester.
Morrissey’s gig will take place on Saturday August 20th at Manchester Arena and the shop will open each day from August 19th to 21st.
- Friday 19th August (10.30am – 4.30pm)
- Saturday 20th August (10.30am – 4.30pm)
- Sunday 21st August (10.30am – 3pm)
We will also be selling Salford Lads Club merchandise and showing a collection of photographs of Morrissey and Marr taken by fan, Colin Howe, in 1983. Colin will be here in person on Saturday 20th to sign books and posters.
All welcome, no need to book!
Salford Foundation Trust have been in the club this week with their NCS programme. Over 200 young people from Salford and Trafford have spent their half term taking part in a whole series of activities including a residential in Wales, planning business and community projects and having a go at self-protection via boxing skills.
Photos from our recent trip to Red Cloud High Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation – In the school gym, Billy and Ben organise and lead a game of soccer with younger pupils.
Outside – Harry demonstrates how to pass the ball to an after school soccer class attended by teachers from schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation South Dakota.
Tomorrow a group of young people and leaders from the club, set off on a historic visit to South Dakota at the invitation of Red Cloud High Indian School on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The group will lead soccer workshops, meet people in the community and visit the Wounded Knee Cemetery and the Crazy Horse Memorial. The group will also visit Mt Rushmore, and The Badlands. The project has been funded by sales of the Smiths T shirt, courtesy of photographer Stephen Wright. The trip is featured in the Manchester Evening News tonight. “Salford Lads Club set off on trip to America – thanks to Smiths shirt sales”
Theatre came to the club today as part of the Ideas 4 Ordsall project. A drama workshop took place in the concert hall with students from Oasis Media Academy, followed by a promenade performance of the story of the Ordsall Barracks, devised by Rosemary Swift. Box of Tricks Theatre Company brought the production to life as the audience followed the actors around the building sharing tales of life in the Barracks over the past 200 years.