“ 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.
On Saturday we have a record fair and a display of Happy Mondays archive material, including a new video montage from original VHS recordings by the late Derek Ryder. The vidoe which is 1.1 hours long will be shown on 2 screens throughout the day from 10-3pm. Thanks to Linda Ryder and family for this unique archive. If you are coming by car please note, parking around the club is residents only. The event is free.
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.
Yesterday we had the annual Mozarmy visit by Manchester Music Tours. The weekend event attracts visitors from all over the world and this weekend was no exception with fans from New York, Los Angeles Mexico, Germany, France, Spain as well many from the UK. We also had a small display of Happy Mondays original album covers donated by the family of the late Derek Ryder which is part of a donation of material which we will display later this year.
Tonight we welcomed a group from Ardoyne Youth Club, Belfast. The group of 15 young people and youth leaders are visiting a number of youth projects in the North West. The group had a tour of the club and then joined our lads in boxing, pool and 5 a side football.
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.