Girls club drama for #westandtogether

Over the last 3 weeks the girls club having been working with Ordsall Community Arts and drama worker Steph Green to create a short piece to highlight Hate Crime. The first performance took place in the senior games room at the club with an audience of friends and families #westandtogether 

Girls Club Celebrate International Womens Day


The Girls Club teamed up with Ordsall Community Arts to create an event to celebrate International Womens Day 2016. The walkabout performance of drama and song took place in the concert hall, boxing ring and the main entrance hall.  The evening was shared with parents and friends and ended with food made by the girls club group.

The Only Way Is Up

One of the popular half term activities has been a mobile climbing wall which was installed outside the club today by the Salford Youth Service. It was one of a number of local events co-ordinated by Salix Homes, working with, Ordsall Community Arts, the New Barracks Tenants Co-op,  and the local PCSO team for Ordsall.

Art and Sport in the gym

Kidzwidreamz, The Girls Club, and The Lads Club have been collaborating on a new project over the last 6 months. The project led by Ordsall Community Arts created opportunities for older teenagers from the Lads club to work as sports coaches with younger children. Artists worked with Kidzwidreamz creating a series of sporty collaged figures. The project culminated with a special event in the club last week for parents and young people.

“From One Extreme to Another”

2 plays at SLC May 2011

Last night the club hosted 2 plays about hard-hitting issues for local communities. The event which was organised by Ordsall Community Arts brought in an audience of over 40 local people to the senior games room.

‘Weekend Away’ was devised and written by 8 young people from Ordsall aged between 12 and 18, and inspired by their own experiences.

‘From One Extreme to Another’ was written by GW Theatre company, an Award winning Tameside group,  who performed their play about how destructive extreme views can be to families and small communities.

SWEDISH DRILL in the Concert Hall

A 3 month performing Arts project  working with local young people and artists came to a fantastic conclusion last night with a live performance in the newly restored concert hall. The event involved a new gymnastic dance, projected film and live music from the Ordsall Samba Drummers.

Young people were from Kidzwidreamz- SAYO- Salford Lads & Girls Club and artists from Company Fierce and Ordsall Community Arts. The event was filmed by Heather James from Lets Go Global TV

The project was supported by  the Clore Duffield Foundation

Swedish Drill was the aerobics of the early 1900s and the foundation for modern gymnastics. Our event was inspired by archive photographs of Swedish Drill classes taken in Salford Lads’ Club in 1909

The Big Draw from the Boxing Ring


Join us on Saturday 14th October from 12-4pm for an unusual drawing workshop in the boxing ring at Salford Lads’ Club. We will be drawing the fast moving combat sports of Capoeira, Ju-jitsu, Thai and ABA boxing.

Can’t draw? Well we can’t box either, but we know someone who can. We have a Capoeira group led by Danny Henry called Capindiana, Manchester Cobras Kickboxing Club and ABA boxers from Salford Lads’ Club.

All the drawing materials are provided free and we have artists on hand to provide encouragement. So please come along and join the fun.

The Big Draw is part of the national programme of drawing activities taking place all over the UK.

The Big Draw from the Boxing Ring is organised by Salford Lads’ Club and Ordsall Community Arts and supported by Awards 4 All and Salford Council.

Ghost Camp Wins National Award

Ghost Camp 2005
Ghost Camp 2005

The Roots and Wings Awards are for ‘groundbreaking heritage learning projects with young people’ The Ghost Camp involved a radio play, drama workshops and an exhibition based on the club’s ill -fated camping holiday of 1940.

The Ghost Camp project was researched and devised by Leslie Holmes and involved young club members, adult volunteers and actress Penny McDonald in a 4 episode radio play broadcast on Salford Community Radio in June 2005. Music for the Ghost Camp was written and performed by Vinny Peculiar and Craig Gannon.

The Club also worked with Ordsall Community Arts to create 3 day workshops for primary schools involving actors Alan Keogh and Hilary Barber. An exhibition in the concert hall featured period camp tents, a large model of the camp and projected archive film of the1939 camp.

More about the Roots and Wings 2006 Awards at

The project was supported by:
Home Front Recall, The Local Network Fund
Aim Higher Greater Manchester, Salford City Council
English Heritage, North West Film Archive, LPC Living

(A CD of the radio play, is available from the club price £7)