SALFORD AND WEST END DOMINANT IN POOL TOURNAMENT
The Boys & Girls Clubs held their Pool Tournament on Thursday 7th February 2019.
Salford Lads Club and West End Boys & Girls Clubs were the dominant forces being the winners and runners-up in all age groups. All will now progress to the NABGC Pool finals later this year.
Clubs registered their players and the tournament got underway.
For many participants it was the first time playing on a proper Pool table, under governing body rules and with a formal referee (dickie bow and all)! However, the players soon adapted and started potting balls with some consistency. Before long one could see the likely favourites and inevitably the tournament winners emerged.
In the U14’s Lailand Newey of West End Boys & Girls Club took top spot with Harry Thomas from Salford Lads Club a close runner-up.
The U16’s was a similar result with Lewis Saville of West End taking home the winner’s trophy and Tyla Robinson of Salford Lads Club securing the runners-up place.
Our thanks are extended to Salford Lads Club for hosting our event and also to our volunteer referees from the North West Regional Pool Referees Association.
Would you like someone to come and run a Pool Tournament for YOUR club in advance of next year’s Pool Tournament? If so, let Andy at the office know and we will be happy to do so – 0161 660 4091.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED YOUNG PEOPLE
BGCGM will be working in partnership with the Royal Society for Blind Children and Henshaws to improve opportunities for young people with visual impairments to access leisure time opportunities.
RSBC successfully applied to the Big Lottery Fund to develop a national programme and have engaged BGCGM and Henshaws to partner with them across Greater Manchester.
Funding is available to work with our local affiliated clubs to deliver taster sessions, provide regular activity sessions and train leaders and volunteers so that ongoing provision can be made on a sustainable basis.
The project, titled Live Life Go Further aims to attract around 925 young people nationally aged between 8 & 25 years
Dr. Tom Pey, Chief Executive at RSBC, said; “This substantial grant affords us a unique opportunity. For the first time, vision impaired youth organisations and the mainstream youth sector will work collaboratively at a national level. Together we will deliver life changing skills and experiences to vision impaired children and young people in a variety of settings, including those where sight loss should not be a barrier to full participation. Thanks to National Lottery funding we can’t wait to get started on this vital and exciting work.”
Sacha Rose-Smith, Senior Head of Regional Funding for London and the South East, at the Big Lottery Fund, said; “All over the country, National Lottery money is being used by people who are taking the lead in developing great ideas to help their communities thrive. They know and understand the needs of their area better than anyone else and are best-placed to develop projects to tackle them.
Andy Hamill from BGCG said, “Our clubs seek to make a difference in the lives of all young people. We hope to make a difference in the lives of many visually impaired young people, by engaging them in locally accessible, fun and educational activities. We look forward to working with Henshaws and RSBC in the near future.”
BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS INCREASING TABLE TENNIS NUMBERS IN LOCAL YOUTH CLUBS
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester have managed to secure funding from Greater Sport’s Satellite Club funding scheme and also from the High Sheriff’s Police Trust Fund to help increase the amount of physical activity taking place in a number of their youth clubs.
Working with Table Tennis England, BGCGM will provide paid coaching sessions in Table Tennis as well as provide each participating club with some new equipment and training for volunteers.
Andy Hamill, County Director of Boys & Girls Clubs said, “We will be working with at least five of our affiliated clubs to get at least 20-young people engaged in the Table Tennis sessions."
He continued, “The aim is to increase levels of physical activity amongst young people, engage more people in Table Tennis and widen the experience of young people in our clubs.”
Table Tennis England are hoping that this will be the start of a mutually beneficial partnership. Andrea Holt, Northern Development Officer for the governing body said, “We are really pleased to be working with the Boys & Girls Clubs and hope that we can provide positive experiences for the young people as well give local volunteers the skills and confidence they need to carry on the sessions.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester will also provide a local Table Tennis tournament that young participants can take part in.
Keep your eyes peeled to see how things progress and how you and your club might be able to get involved in the future.
NEW YOUTH CLUB LAUNCHED IN OLDHAM
In partnership with Full Circle North West and Great Places Housing, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester have opened a new youth club in Chadderton, Oldham.
Thanks to a successful Awards for All funding application the Crossley Centre have been able to employ staff to run the club for a year, but the aim is to attract, train and support local volunteers to take on the running of the club.
The club officially launched on Friday 11th January 2019 and around 20 young people were in attendance.
There were also around 10 volunteers who arrived expressing a willingness to help out at the new provision.
A volunteer programme is now being put in place to train volunteers young and old in safeguarding, first aid, youth work and running activities.
We are also thankful to the High Sheriff’s Trust Fund who have made a grant to purchase new equipment.
This is an exciting project and one that we hope to replicate in the future.