Another lovely day today, very blue clear skies and quite warm at 24C
I mentioned in my last post about the Pyrford youth club that I started going to in 1971. There were three main halls, one dedicated to table tennis, the large main one, where other activities happened, such as the trampoline, badminton etc and the coffee lounge, a nice place to sit and chill with friends. Outside was a small pitch, ideal for 5 a side.
On Mondays evenings it was weight training for the girls, this was synchronised movements but using a bar with weights. There was one boy doing normal weights, he wanted to be a fireman but his physic was not up to their standard, but by the time Fred had finished with him he sailed through and got his dream job. We are all still friends today
My bar had 1.5 lbs each end plus the bar, not very heavy you may think, however when all the routines were put to music and the bars were swinging you certainly didn´t want to get in the way. Also if you missed a week, boy did your muscles tell you about it a day later.
We had routines to various songs of the day, Delilah, push bike song, where did your love go, plus others. We would be booked for events like the local parish days and would appear in our uniforms to perform. Sometimes the boys would sneer and make comments about the weights, so we always encouraged them to try for themselves, one they didn´t have a clue or rhythm, two, they would get only half way through and give up because...it was too heavy!
In 1973 I became the Captain of the team, and would be standing in the centre leading