WHITEMOSS EDGE CLOSE 5-a-side TOURNAMENT
Despite some last-minute concerns over the venue, the 5-a-side tournaments are able to go ahead, and they started on Saturday 23rd March 2019 with the U12’s age group.
It turned out to be one the closest tournaments for many a year, with the winner and runner-up separated by only one goal – first to third place was decided on goal difference!!
Droylsden Juniors got off to a very strong start with a convincing win against Whitemoss CYP, and it looked as though Droylsden would be the team to beat.
But Whitemoss gained confidence with, what might have been a surprise win against West End Boys & Girls Club. Buoyed by this result, Whitemoss followed on with a convincing win against Active Communities Network, this despite going 1-0 down in the first couple of minutes.
This all set up a crucial last game between West End & Droylsden. West End could really upset the apple cart or Droylsden could secure top spot.
As you might expect with a local rivalry, the apple cart was well and truly thrown over as West End came out close winners.
This meant that there was the possibility for anyone of three teams who could be announced winners – Droylsden, West End or Whitemoss. Droylsden & Whitemoss both had the same goal difference of +9, so it went to goals for and Whitemoss had managed to score one more goal than Droylsden, meaning that they were announced the winners.
It was a really good tournament and all the players took part in a great spirit, shaking hands after every match.
It was great to see Active Communities taking part in their first Boys & Girls Clubs event. Well done to everyone and thank you to all the volunteers, leaders and parents for bringing their young people along to take part.
Both Whitemoss & Droylsden will now go on to represent Greater Manchester in the National Association of Boys & Girls Clubs tournament which takes place in Manchester in June 2019.
We also have our U14 and U16 tournaments taking place on 11th May. If you would like to enter a team or two, please click here to find out how you can do so.
ASHTON ALBION AMATEUR BOXING CLUB LOOKING FOR SUPPORT
Longstanding Boxing Club, Ashton Albion ABC are looking for support.
The club, members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester, and who have been in existence for almost 30-years need help to refurbish their new club home.
Ashton have been at their current venue for nearly 20-years, but the owner of the building is now selling up and the club has to move on.
Whilst they have found a new home, it is in need of extensive refurbishment – everything from rewiring, new boiler, plastering, new changing rooms and much more.
Club leader, Wayne Heywood is working hard to raise funds organising bag packs, speaking to local businesses and trying to get equipment, items and labour donated. But much more is needed.
Each week Ashton Albion ABC help to keep around 100 young people off the streets and involved in positive, healthy activities. They are a completely voluntary club in a community where there are very other accessible and affordable activities for young people to get involved in.
Can you help?
If so, please get in touch – every bit of generosity helps.
HIGH SHERIFF OF GREATER MANCHESTER VISITS STOCKPORT LADS CLUB
On Tuesday 12th March the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester met with Andy Hamill, County Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester, to find out more about the work the organisation does with local voluntary youth clubs and projects.
Robina Shah, also took the opportunity to find out more about Stockport Lads Club and it’s 130-year history that it is celebrating throughout 2019.
The High Sheriff was greatly impressed with the work of Boys & Girls Clubs, but also with the club and the amazing voluntary service that it has provided for well over a century.
She described the club as a “hidden diamond” in Stockport, commending the work that they do.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS TABLE TENNIS PROJECT GETS STARTED
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester Table Tennis project got started on Saturday 9th March 2019
The Greater Sport funded project began with some volunteer training at Stockport Lads Club where eight volunteers and youth workers attended a training delivered by Table Tennis England’s coach education team.
Volunteers and leaders completed a 4-hour course, accredited by Table Tennis England that introduced them to the basics of Table Tennis and how to pass skills on to the young people they will be working with.
The funding will allow local youth clubs to engage more young people in the sport and also access our Greater Manchester Table Tennis tournaments in May and the NABGC National Tournament which are played in July 2019.
Separate funding has also been provided by the Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust Fund to purchase Table Tennis equipment for clubs that need it in order to help young people take part in Table Tennis at their clubs.
The funding from Greater Sport will now pay for qualified Table Tennis England coaches to go into clubs and deliver sessions, before the newly trained volunteers take over.
Watch this space for more information as to how the project progresses
You can also find the joining information for our Table Tennis Tournaments in May by clicking here.