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Spring 2022 Trust Update - Message from our Trust Chair

Trust@20

The Trust is 20 years old this year!

As such a massive thanks to all our members for your support ever since that February Valentine's Day in 2002. Earlier in February we held a Trust meeting at Folly lane ARLFC where we celebrated the milestone with a look back at all that has been achieved by all our fantastic volunteers over the years. Past Trust folk shared their recollections of the last 20 years and we shared a massive selection of photos taken as well. Some people haven't changed honest! We have been instrumental in the continued survival of the club during several critical times and looking to the future we will be needed more than ever along with the other key club partners (Pride Builder, Community Foundation and the Club itself) to ensure the Club not only continues into the future but thrives and grows.

Despite the current uncertain times we are all going through and especially over the last two years we can proudly say that our members' spirit has never waned and our numbers have remained resilient. Again a testament to you all. However I have a favour to ask. Back when the trust was started our membership numbers were way above what they are now and we need to increase our numbers again and to make the Trust a greater force than we are at present.

We are in need not only of new members but key people to take an active part as Trust Board Members and to increase our visibility in our community, Club and wider RL family. We need more fundraising events, more implementation of the many great ideas our members come up with but to do so we need more people who can help us. Those who currently and actively do the organising and doing the doing are only a few and need help.

So a shout out to you, be you an existing trust member or just browsing this site for info and are not a member. Join us, help us and make a difference.

Please see our membership page for ways to join us.

If you want to make direct contact with me please email me on stephenp.swintonlions@yahoo.com and I'll be happy to help with any queries. Membership queries to membership@lionstrust.org

Events coming up

Trust meeting - Monday 9th May @Folly @7pm Joint fundraising event with Pride Builder - Friday 27th May @Boothstown Legion from 7pm, see flyer for details. Cheese and Wine Evening - July - Details to be confirmed

Come and always say hello to us at our home games this year, look out for Trust organised pre-match entertainment, trust merchandise, junior lions goodies plus much much more.

in Lions we Trust

Stephen

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Lions’ Tales

Documenting the Voices of Swinton RLFC

Swinton Rugby League Football Club has a rich sporting history dating back to its formation in 1866. The club has also played a central part in the social and cultural environment of the local community. Lions’ Tales is a project co-ordinated by the Swinton Lions Supporters’ Trust which aims to bring together the sporting and cultural heritage of Swinton, Pendlebury and Clifton as well as further afield by documenting the voices of the players, officials and supporters from Swinton RLFC.

So, if you are willing to be interviewed or write about your Swinton memories; or if you have Swinton RLFC memorabilia that can be made available, then contact the numbers presented below. In particular, any of the following items would be useful for the project and please note all items will be copied and recorded before being returned safely.

  • Programmes (especially pre-1960)
  • Photographs (action shots or team line-ups)
  • Medals and/or caps
  • Scrapbooks, yearbooks etc.
  • Swinton RLFC playing shirts etc.
  • Season ticket, match-day passes etc.

This project is supported by Supporters’ Direct and the Federation of Stadium Communities (FSC) with the view to establish how an area can connect with a local sporting club. So far, permission has been granted by the British Film Institute (BFI) to use images of Swinton RLFC from the Mitchell and Kenyon Archive from 1901. Also, research is underway to identify the numerous rugby-related drawings and paintings of LS Lowry who lived close-by to the former Station Road ground in Pendlebury. It is hoped to display all the material and memories in local schools and libraries for educational purposes and publish the results in a book.

For further details please email Ian Jackson.