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Healthy Body Healthy Mind

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Mr D Healthy Body Healthy Mind community program is a regular motivational circuit session. This is held at the Powerhouse every Saturday at 12.30pm -2pm. This has been a highly successful session, and in 2013 won a community award for its positive contribution to peoples’ health and well being and its continued service.

I have recommended Mr D circuit to numerous people, to help them build confidence, personal fitness, socialise and make new friends. Very welcoming, makes you feel part of the family.

At the session you can expect to do running drills, light weights, floor exercises, aerobics, regular bleep tests and team work activities. New and innovative circuit sessions are thought of regularly to challenge fitness and confidence.

Every Saturday a motivational text message is sent out to all those who attend the sessions aiming to give them a positive start to their day. Circuit is not just about getting fit in body but also in mind.

The trainer is highly motivational with a positive and welcoming attitude, nothing is too much for him and everyone is welcome, we have young people from 11 years old right up to 60 years of age and from many different areas of Manchester.

Devon is a great motivator. The atmosphere at the circuit sessions is welcoming and friendly. I feel much healthier and physically fit.

The circuit program also incorporates a yearly fathers group outing which helps to promote the relationships fathers have with their children. Last year they went to Head over heels and both the fathers and children commented on how much they enjoyed the day. They also have a Christmas outing where everyone can go out and socialise with each other and celebrate the achievements they have made over the year in the circuit sessions.

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Moss Side Summer Programme for Young People

This summer Moss Side has an outreach programme and range of Activities for young people aged 8 to 25 in the local area, here at the Powerhouse as well as Hideaway, Moss Side Leisure Centre, Manchester Academy, Moss Side Adventure Playground, Alexandra Park, Trinity High School and Z-arts.

Full details can be found in the PDF document attached below

Moss Side Summer Programme PDF

Goal Attack: The Rise of Flava Netball

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Flava netball junior sessions run on Thursday evenings for girls aged 9 to 16+ at the Powerhouse. You can hear the bouncing balls, shouting and cheering of the players, and the hum of parents watching from the side-lines, chatting, as well as the occasional whistle from the court.

Flava Netball Club consists of four senior teams and a junior development squad for those aged 9 to 16+ years. The senior teams currently play in the Manchester Evening League in divisions 1, 3, 5 and 7, and the club is also represented in mixed netball competitions.

Fran Campbell Miller has been involved with Flava since its inception; originally called Moss Side Netball, the team met at the old Moss Side youth club where Fran started coaching in 1979. After the demolition of the old youth club, three different netball teams – Victoria, Elite and Moss Side Netball – came together to form Flava.

Fran has witnessed the transition from the old Moss Side youth club to the new Powerhouse building, and netball has been a huge part of that journey:

When the Powerhouse was built, they wanted to ensure the continuation of netball in the centre itself

The young people who played sport at the old youth club were also involved in the design of the new multi-purpose court, choosing colours and themes, and which is now ‘a fantastic facility’.

On Thursday evenings at the Flava junior sessions, the sports hall is bustling with activity for the whole hour, with twenty-six or so young people charging around the court; bouncing, throwing, passing and shooting, and generally appearing to have a great time.

Fran notes that the club is working with young people on the development squad to ‘get them to start playing netball, and eventually take over from the older members’. When asked what about the appeal of netball, she muses ‘netball is quite big at the moment’, and points to the junior development sessions which have had a great response from young people in the area, who ‘came forward and wanted to get involved’. Any prospective members, she adds, should simply ‘come down’ on a Thursday and see what the club is all about.

For more information about Flava netball club you can visit their website here.

‘This is me’

Kemoy Walker first started coming to the Powerhouse aged ‘around 13’ after noticing the ‘really big building’ whilst at the park: ‘What goes on there? What is that building?’. His friends told him it was a youth club, and from then he started coming to the Powerhouse, getting involved in the various activities on offer, and volunteering – ‘wow, you know, this is me’.

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For Kemoy, since its beginnings music has played a central role in the Powerhouse.

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Over the years, the Powerhouse has changed and adapted to meet different challenges…

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But, young people have always been at its heart, which Kemoy puts down to the Powerhouse ethos: the care and support that it offers young people which ensures they continue to utilise it as a place to meet, socialise, and get involved with the numerous activities and opportunities.

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Street Life

The sun was shining on Raby Street as the faint sound of gospel carried through the air. Young people were playing football in the park, and if you listen closely you can hear a van being hoovered outside the church. Reggae was booming from the soundsystem, it felt like the first day of summer…

Count D’s Favourite Record

Count D

A legend from Moss Side’s reggae soundsystem scene, Count D is pictured here with his favourite record, Dennis Brown’s 1972 hit on Studio One Make it Easy on Yourself. Produced by Coxsone Dodd, it was a track he often played at the old Moss Side Youth Club in the 1970s.

As well as being a youth centre, dances and soundclashes were held in the main hall on weekends, playing the latest cuts from Jamaica through heavyweight speaker cabinets. Count D recalls that his Dennis Brown seven inch came direct from Randy’s Record Mart on North Parade in Kingston. ‘Oh yes, this was a pre-release, I’d get cartons of 45s sent across every month in the post, hot off the press.’

He lived in Hulme/Moss Side at the time, but also played across the Pennines in Chapeltown, ‘The shebeens were rammed over there. I played almost every week in Leeds at places like The Hayfield and Yankee Bill Blues, I could hardly get my records on the places were so packed out. People went wild at Junior Delgado’s Warrior – that was another big tune at the dances back then.’

Count D moved to Dudley from Jamaica as a youth and settled in Moss Side in the 1970s. He was obsessed with music, and even as a teenager he would sit outside the local shebeens in the back yard as the doormen wouldn’t let him in, he laughs, ‘I tried to sneak into Lord Kaz Blues, that was the sound I followed back then. I’d have to listen outside as they wouldn’t let us in, we were way too young.’

Often held in basements and people’s houses, shebeens were unlicensed parties held in predominately Afro Caribbean neighbourhoods.They were the best places to hear fresh sounds of Roots, Dub, Lover’s Rock and Dancehall, in fact any sounds coming out of Jamaica at that time. ‘It never really got going until 2am,’ he says. ‘We used to go to the Carib Club beforehand and sometimes Bobby’s in Longsight. That was the first time I saw Hot Chocolate, Errol’s voice was incredible.’

I’d finish DJing at 7am, go home, drink a cup of tea then go straight off to work. That’s how it was back then…

Moss Side Youth Club held regular dances, but there was also a youth sound that played with Count D. ‘Baron used to play there and at Hideaway and Burley High School. They were young but built their sound from scratch. They clashed with all of the top sounds including Saxon.’

Inbetween his day jobs, Count D would play records every other night, sometimes until 7am. ‘I’d finish DJing, go home, drink a cup of tea then go straight off to work. That’s how it was back then. Those days were nice, it wasn’t so expensive to live. A loaf of bread was 2p. And you could walk out of a job and straight into another…’

Playing records is in Count D’s blood. Even now he still has his collection of vinyl, though moving it around can be difficult. ‘Sometimes people still want me to play it, but it’s heavy work…’ He plays every week on Manchester’s Irie FM and at revival nights and dances in the north. Although known under his new name ‘Jah D’ he is still known as the Count in Moss Side. His records from Randy’s are still being played 40 years after they were pressed. ‘The quality of vinyl was so good back then,’ he holds the Dennis Brown record up to the light. ‘Look at it, it’s scuffed but it still plays like a dream.’

Count D plays on Irie FM 105.8 every Sunday from 12-2pm as Jah D or Equal International. Tune in via FM airwaves or online.

Memories of Moss Side Youth Club

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When chatting to Michael Salmon about his earliest memories of the old Moss Side Youth Club, he remembers the centre as a distinctly young person’s space; ‘it was “our space”, we decided what it looked like, we decided what we did with it’. The club was a great place to hang out with friends, to play football, or to meet girls, and Michael recalled its great vibe; ‘it was always a bouncing place, music was on, social atmosphere was great’.

Michael first came to the youth club through football, playing with the Moss Side Amateurs youth team, and spoke about the real talent in the area, as well as football’s ability to bring people together.

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The youth club was a great place to hang out with friends, but it also offered the opportunity of meeting girls: ‘a lot of romances started from the youth centre days!’

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Michael spoke about the importance of music to the young people who went to the youth club. From listening to music at home, going to carnival, and at the youth centre, ‘music has always been present … loud music, tuned up, so you can really hear it’.

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