‘Boys & Girls Clubs’ across Greater Manchester are making a major contribution to community safety, the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner says.
Tony Lloyd was speaking after visiting several of the clubs, seeing first-hand how they were providing young people with fun recreational and fitness activities, while helping them to engage with other young people from within their local area.
As part of his visit, Tony visited Salford Lads Club, followed by a trip to Jimmy Egan’s Boxing Club in Wythenshawe.
The ‘Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Manchester‘ are one of the oldest youth organisations in the country (indeed the world) being officially formed in 1907, preceding the Scouting movement.
Today the clubs are working with about 6,000 young people, and support more than 500 volunteers in 40 voluntary youth clubs and projects in the most deprived communities of Greater Manchester. They provide a programme of sports and activities that young people can take part in, and a range of training opportunities, support and advice for volunteers and leaders.
Having opened in 1903, the Salford Lads Club is steeped in history. Tony was able to look through the archives to find that members of his family had once attended the centre.
The club’s motto, ‘To brighten young lives and make good citizens’ remains at the heart of everything the staff do.
The clubs play an important role in the community, providing mentoring and enabling young people to engage with their peers within some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester. Funded entirely through donations and contributions, these community clubs are still playing an important role in helping to preserve the local community’s identity.
After his visit, Tony said:
“The Boys and Girls clubs of Greater Manchester are a great example of how community groups and community spaces can be used to help young people within our area.
“It’s vital we ensure children feel part of the local community and we have to encourage them to engage with their peers in informal environments that they can enjoy together.
“I’ve been really impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication the staff have shown during my visit, every single one should be proud of the role they are playing in helping young people to feel part of the Greater Manchester community and make the best of themselves.” Tony Lloyd
Image: Tony Lloyd at Salford Lads’ Club