SUMO, boxing and first aid make good citizens

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.

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Bill Drummond and Two Tribes in the boxing ring

It’s not often 34 boxers look tense and edgy in a boxing gym, but they were last night when conceptual artist and musician Bill Drummond asked them to practise a weird range of chants. It was all part of Bill’s 4 year project called The 17.

Bill Drummond and the boxing teams

Sallford Lads club and Irlam Boxing Academy share the ring

Boxers from Salford Lads’ Club and Irlam Boxing Academy came out of their corners and comfort zone’s for one of their toughest tests.  It was all over in an hour with honours just about even despite the weight and size advantage of the SLC boxers. As soon as the chanting was over everybody spontaneously hit the punch bags!

Bill  Drummond will be back next year having twinned this event with a choir in Papa New Guinea.

The event was organised by  unconvention

Fight Night 3

Russ and Dave
Russ and Dave
Every year boxing coaches Russ Arrowsmith and Dave Connell who work from our gym help raise money for Salford charities. This year they aim to raise money for the Salfordian Holiday home for the Elderly.

The event is  Fight Night 3 which will take place at the Willows Variety Centre  in Salford on October 2nd

They are spending the next 3 months training middle management and company bosses who have always wanted to take part in a boxing event.

So to find out more and even put your boss in the ring

Phone Russ Arrowsmith on 07789-111087

An Army in the boxing gym

Boxers from 2nd Battalion, Royal_Fusiliers
Boxers from 2nd Battalion, Royal_Fusiliers

A team of 10 boxers from the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers have been training in our new boxing gym this week. The Regiment, based in Hounslow, are giving the club support with new boxing equipment. We have returned the favour by inviting them to work with Dave Connell our boxing coach.
Next week the team return to Hounslow to put their expertise to the test in the battalion’s boxing competition starting on the 29th July.

The team are coached by DMR Stewart Spensley (pictured in the white top)

Watch that paintwork lads!

Boxing coaches raise money for charity

Dave Connell
Dave Connell

Chief Boxing coach at Salford Lads’ Club Dave Connell took to the ring last week to help raise money for a charity. Ex professional boxer Dave, aged 57 took part in a 3 round bout with ex Olympic Wrestler Paul O’Toole at the Willows in Salford last Friday and came out winning by a majority decision.

Coach Russ Arrowsmith who runs Arrow ABC from the club also took part in the event against Eccles boxer Brian O’Neil, but Russ lost.

The event raised over £30,000 for the “Destination Florida” charity which runs a trip each year to take terminally ill children to Disneyland Florida.

A Bishop in the Boxing gym

The Boxing Bishop
The Boxing Bishop

The Bishop of Manchester the Rt Rev Nigel McCullock in the boxing gym last week photographed by Rev. Rachel Ross.

The Bishop said it was his first time on a punch bag, a claim hard to deny!

The visit was part of the bishop’s pilgrimage to visit every church and parish in The Manchester Diocese. His pilgrimage symbol is the baton from the Manchester Commonwealth Games. He called at the club while visiting St Clements Church in Ordsall.