FIRST AID IN OLDHAM
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester organised a first aid course for a number of our clubs in the Oldham area on Saturday 11th May 2019.
The course was primarily targeted at our Oldham clubs as the aim was first and foremost to train volunteers at a youth club we have recently launched in the Chadderton area of Oldham in partnership with Full Circle North West.
The training was kindly hosted by Oldham Boxing, who also took the opportunity to train a couple of their young leaders.
It was a full day, Emergency First Aid course, delivered by Manchester First Aid and is a fully accredited and nationally recognised qualification.
Ten volunteers were trained, and all enjoyed the day, learning new first aid skills, but they also enjoyed meeting volunteers and leaders from other parts of Oldham.
Well done to everyone who gave up their Saturday, took part and passed the course – let’s just hope you never need to actually use your new-found skills!
Big thank you to Oldham Boxing as well, for allowing us to use your building.
If you have any training needs at your club, please let us know and we will try and help.
WEST END 5-A-SIDE WINNERS
West End Boys & Girls Club took all the honours at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester U14’s 5-a-side Football Tournament on Saturday 11th May 2019.
The day was an eventful one.
Our 5-a-side tournament was declared a #WeStandTogether event in support of #WeStandTogether month taking place throughout May. We Stand Together was formed following the Manchester Arena bombing and aims to bring communities of all sorts together to help create stronger, more united and resilient communities. The Boys & Girls Clubs ethos is very much in support of this, and as many communities were coming together from across Greater Manchester it made sense to Stand Together with #WeStandTogether
We also took the opportunity to link with our friends from Henshaws who we are working with on the Live Life Go Further project being delivered by the Royal Society for Blind Children. Henshaws came along to our event to raise awareness of visually impaired / blind Football and ran a visually impaired Football warm-up for the lads prior to the start of the tournament. We look forward to working with Henshaws a lot more in the future as part of this exciting and innovative project.
The tournament did eventually get underway and right from the start it was clear that West End were both physically and technically stronger than their opposition. Salford Lads Club put up a valiant effort and almost managed to make it into second place, missing by just one point.
But the winners and runners up places went to West End B and West End A respectably. Both will go through to the National Association of Boys & Girls Clubs tournament taking place on Saturday 8th June at the Football Fives Soccerdome, Trafford Park. All the best to West End for what will be a highly competitive tournament with teams from all over the UK taking part
A RIGHT ROYAL OCCASION FOR STOCKPORT LADS CLUB
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester along with the Greater Manchester Lord Lieutenants Office have helped Stockport Lads Club arrange a Royal visit to help mark their 130th Anniversary celebrations.
On Wednesday 8th May 2019, His Royal Highness, The Duke of Gloucester visited the club and acknowledged the wonderful and long service that the club have given to the young people of Stockport.
The Duke of Gloucester was in the area and had visited two other charities in Salford before arriving at Stockport. He then departed in dramatic style, with the Royal helicopter landing on the club’s fields to transport him back to London.
Many guests attended the special day including the Mayor of Stockport, Committee members, club volunteers and supporters, along with 30 children from a nearby school.
Club Chairman, Colin Hall, escorted the Duke around the club and he was able to get an idea of the activities that go on everyday of the week. He also got a taste of the club’s history with a display of photos dating back beyond the Great War and also caught sight of the last time he was at the club when they were celebrating their centenary.
It was a great day, that marks a great achievement for the club and is the first of a number of 130th Anniversary Events.
A WARM WELCOME AT CHILLFACTORE
Twenty young people from clubs affiliated to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester took part in a Snowboarding Taster Event at Chillfactor(e) on Tuesday 26th March 2019.
Our annual taster is now a regular and popular part of our programme.
Young people arrived a little after 7pm and were met by the instructor who made sure that got kitted up properly, had warm clothing and gloves – along with their helmets.
The group then headed out onto the snow and slopes at the North West’s premier indoor snow venue.
There was a mixture of excitement and apprehension amongst the group. Some were very excited and keen to get out on the slopes. Other were a little more unsure about what to expect
Common amongst the group was the fact that nobody had done Skiing or Snowboarding before – this was a completely new activity for all the young people taking part.
Before long, everybody was out the slope having fun and getting grips with what they needed to do to successfully board their way to the bottom of the slope.
There was the odd tumble, but the group were helping each up, encouraging one another and having a great time.
By the end of the evening, everybody could make it to the bottom of the hill without falling over and everyone had some new friends at another club from another part of Greater Manchester.
This is an event that will definitely be back again next year, so keep a look out for the information.