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!
Well done, to club members Justin and Chad (pictured left) who took part in the National table Tennis finals of the Boys & Girls Clubs which was held in Lincoln during the summer. The level of skill was extremely high but both lads made it to the quarter finals, which is a great achievement. Table tennis is once again popular at the club and we hold the Greater Manchester Boys & Girls Club competitions here each year.
Lloyd Butler (left) and Lennon Lee who won the Greater Manchester under 12 pool finals, reached the National semi -finals of the Boys and Girls Clubs pool competition held in Newcastle Under Lyme recently. Having progressed to the last 8 out of a field of over 50 they came up against each other, with Lloyd going through to the semi- final.
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.
Tickets for the event are available from