MANCHESTER TO ESSEX – ST JOHN’S BIG STUBBERS WEEKEND
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester members, St John’s Amateur Boxing Club are making the most of their membership this year. All members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester, also have access to the NABGC activities programme, and the Chorlton based club headed south on the weekend of 15th June 2018, to join around 400 other young people at the Essex Adventure Weekend which is held annually at the Essex Boys & Girls Clubs activities centre, Stubbers.
St John’s ABC Club Leader, Andy Rea, said, “It’s the best activity centre I’ve taken a group of young people to, and the range of activities that they get to do is amazing.” He continued, “If you want to do activity centres, The Only Way is Essex!”
Young people from all over the country who are members of the National Association of Boys & Girls Clubs can take part in this activity filled, fun-packed weekend. Young people get to have a go at all-sorts, from Canoeing, Kayaking, Climbing, Banana Boat, archery, rifle range, laser-tag, high ropes and loads more. In addition, they meet hundreds of other young people from all over the country. It’s good for volunteers as well, as they also get to meet other volunteers.
St John’s took twenty young people with them this year, and they had a great time. The weather held fine, and despite a long drive on a Friday afternoon, it was well worth it.
If you book in advance, the tents and food can be provided at a bargain rate and young people are fully occupied throughout the whole weekend – very little time for any mischief!!
The team from Manchester managed to set off around 5pm. The organisers from Essex saved them some food and refreshments for when they arrived. The “first class” tented accommodation was already set up for them. There was a disco and music on the Friday night, provided by a local radio station and then the group settled down for the night.
The Saturday was full on activities – as mentioned above there was Banana Boat Racing, archery, rifle range, climbing, laser-tag, and high ropes. Another quiet night was enjoyed by all on Saturday as everyone was worn out.
Sunday morning was just as active before the group had to get ready for the drive home to Manchester. And, it was a quiet drive home as most of the group slept all the way home, having enjoyed a full weekend of activity.
Andy says, “I’d encourage all Boys & Girls Clubs members to take advantage of this. It is a great weekend. The young people LOVE it. They do some great activities, meet other young people and it’s a great centre. And, it is very affordable. Get involved – make the most of these opportunities and make the most of your membership.”
STOCKPORT LADS AT ORMSIDE MILL
Thanks to funding from Manchester Guardian Charitable Trust, Stockport Lads Club have been able to take a group of their young people for a memorable weekend of outdoor fun and activities at the Boys & Girls Clubs own residential centre, Ormside Mill.
Twelve young people and four volunteers headed to Cumbria on the evening of Friday 15th June 2018.
After a noisy Friday night, there were a lot of sleepy looking faces around the early breakfast table.
But early it was, as there was going to be a full day of activities to enjoy. And, after a hearty breakfast, the group gathered themselves and headed out into the wonderful countryside and outdoor environment that Cumbria is renowned for.
The lads were quickly kitted out in waterproofs and helmets, before driving out towards Ullswater for the first of the activities – a Ghyll Scramble. For the uninitiated, that is essentially climbing up or sliding down a waterfall. Either way, the result is the group getting very wet, but having immense fun in a wonderful environment, unlike anything they will find back home in Stockport.
Once back from this adventure, there was time to grab some sandwiches before getting ready to have-a-go at the centres own small high ropes course and the (in)famous – LEAP OF FAITH!! This takes a great deal strength and courage. If a young person has the guts and determination to do this, they have the resilience to do almost anything – it is a great learning opportunity for any young person.
Saturday night seems to be a lot quieter than the Friday – one wonders why?
Sunday is a little more leisurely – although still quite an early start for many of these young lads. Today is spent doing team game and problem-solving activities around the grounds that Ormside Mill has available.
Before long though, it’s time to grab some lunch, get tidied up and then back on the minibus to head home.
The weekend seems to have flown by, but the memories will undoubtedly live long in the memories of this group of young people.
CHILLFACTORE FUN & ADVENTURE WITH THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS
Around fifty young people have enjoyed snow-filled fun with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester – in the middle of the hottest part of this summer so far, it was a pleasure to be able to cool down somewhere!!
During June, the Boys & Girls Clubs have held two events at Chillfactore – a Snow Fun Taster Evening and day long Activities Taster Day – the Path to Pyeonchang.
It has been great fun and is an opportunity that many of the participants would usually be able to enjoy.
Along the way young people have had fun in the snow, enjoying Luge, Toboggan, Sledging and Snow Donuts.
They have also been climbing and learned how to ski.
They have also, had fun and made some new friends.
Taking part were young people from Barton Athletic Club, St John’s Amateur Boxing Club, Trinity House and Stockport Lads Club.
The event was funded by The Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Trust Fund & we are very grateful for their support.
WORKING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE NEXT GENERATION OF STOCKPORT LADS CLUB
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester have helped to facilitate a new relationship between Lane End New Beginnings and Stockport Lads Club.
Lane End New Beginnings have committed to supporting their ambitions to grow and develop as their 130th anniversary celebrations get underway next year.
Working with the Hempshaw Lane club, Lane End New Beginnings identified that one way to support the club was through the provision of a new sink unit and food preparation space that would meet hygiene guidelines and allow the club to provide hot and healthy food and drinks.
Working with Rixonway Kitchens, the team supplied and fitted the kitchen for Stockport Lads Club. “We were delighted to help such a fantastic cause” added Sonya Fraser, Marketing Manager at Rixonway
Lane End New Beginnings CEO Kate Harrison said, “Lane End support the communities in which we build to create sustainable investments that make a difference to those living in these areas.”
Stockport Lads Club, Harry Hough added, “We are so grateful for this facility, it really will be making a lasting difference to what we are able to offer our members and their parents and it will also help with the sustainability of the club.”
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester would also like to thank Lane End New Beginnings for their support.