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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester has been successful in securing funding from the Arts Council of England to help more young people get involved in arts and culture.

Thanks to a grant of around £43,000, the Boys & Girls Clubs are working in partnership with arts organisation Z-Arts to deliver it’s Mix It Up arts carousel across five clubs who are members of Boys & Girls Clubs.

Young people across the five clubs will receive 40-weeks of arts activities between now and March 2021 as a rotating carousel of arts activities visits each of the five clubs. Young people will have the opportunity to express their creativity in a range of art forms such as craft, screen printing, poetry, performance, design, textiles and much more.

Speaking as the programme was launched, Boys & Girls Clubs County Director, Andy Hamill said, “We are extremely thankful to have been awarded this grant by the Arts Council of England. Arts has been an important part of club life for may years and we are keen to support clubs and young people by developing our Mix It Up arts programme and making it available to more young people across our clubs.” He continued, “There are so many creative young people within our clubs and our hope is that many more of them will have the opportunity to express their creativity."

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Art activities get underway at the Sholver Community Centre.

Andy Hamill said that he was really pleased to have the opportunity to work with Z-arts.

“Z-arts are an established, reputable and high-quality arts provider and we are very pleased to be able to work with them and glean their knowledge, understanding and experience in delivering outstanding arts activities to young people in community and club settings.".

As well as enjoying getting involved in a range of arts activities, participants in the Mix It Up arts programme, participants will have the opportunity to complete an Arts Council accredited Arts Award and visit the Z-Arts Centre to watch a professional drama production.

The programme will conclude with a celebration of everything that has been achieved with an exhibition and performance of the art work.



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A Chorlton based Boxing club has raised almost £5,000 for a local mental health charity in honour of one of their former members.

St John’s Boxing Club have hosted the Mcauley Moran Memorial Show previously in 2015 and 2017 and were hosts again on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Macauley was a promising young boxer but sadly took his own life in 2014, aged 16 and only two weeks after winning a North West Regional title.

It was decided to, once again, support Manchester Mind who provide mental health advice and support at their drop-in session or at their café, based on Streford Road, for 15-25-year olds.

Numerous other Boxing clubs rallied round, bringing their boxers along and with the help of Manchester Boxing legend, Anthony Crolla who presented the trophies and chose the bout of the day, it proved to be a great event with 14 exciting bouts of boxing.

With entry fees, donations and a successful auction, almost £5,000 was raised.

Well done to everyone involved, but especially to all those at St John’s ABC who organised it.

For more information on the work of Manchester Mind, please take a look at their website by clicking here.



Thanks to a grant from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester, Greygarth Boys Club are guaranteed to make a good impression with members, parents and visitors.

A grant of £750 was made to the Rusholme based club to help them improve the approach and entrance top their club.

Young people were at the centre of the idea and were consulted prior to the improvements as well as involved in the practical putting together of the improvements.

The newly refurbished entrance
The newly refurbished entrance to Greygarth Boys Club.

Club volunteer, Andy Taylor said, “The grant has allowed us to make the approach to the club much more attractive and appealing for everybody who visits the club. The young members have been key in making this happen and have taken a great sense of purpose and achievement in working through the project."

As well as new furniture and planters the entrance area also benefitted from a lick of paint making things look cleaner and brighter.



Thanks to a grant from Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester, two local clubs have been helped to progress their plans to extend or improve their club buildings.

After 20-years at their club, Ashton Albion Boxing Club were being asked to move on due to the building they were in being sold. Their new home was in need of a £30,000 improvement programme. And despite their best efforts, the Tameside based club were still in need to help to do their best to get the works done over the summer.

Boys & Girls Clubs have been able to make a £5,000 donation to help with getting the plumbing installed at the club.

progress being made of Ashton Albion ABC
Still plenty to do, but the progress being made of Ashton Albion ABC
thanks to a donation by Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester

Another club, Norbrook Youth Club, also benefitted from support of £5,000 to help progress their new Games Zone reach completion.

Norbrook Youth Club were successful in applying to the Garfield Weston Foundation to build an extension to their current building. The new extension will house a Game Zone. A £5,000 grant from BGCGM means that the shortfall to complete the project is now covered. Progress on the new Game Zone has happened very quickly over the summer period and a launch event is planned very soon.


Inside the new Game Zone at Norbrook Youth Club
Inside the new Game Zone at Norbrook Youth Club.

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