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.
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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.