2003 : The all-weather pitches on Broughton's Albert Park, were managed by Broughton Leisure Centre and were in a state of disrepair.
2004 : The changing rooms suffered a fire which led to the whole future of the facility being questioned.
Local community organisation, Broughton Action Group (BAG), lobbied Salford Council for the restoration and maintenance of the facility as part of a proposed wider community regeneration programme.
The Council responded by providing funds to completely re-lay the pitch and provide new fences, lights and changing rooms. BAG then took over the management of the facility.
2006 : The restored changing rooms opened as a facility for meetings and provisions for a much needed youth club.
2007 : The new pitch was opened and BAG commissioned research into the setting up of a separate not-for-profit company to manage the asset.
2008 : Incorporation of Albert's of Salford as a Community Interest Company.
Over 2007/2008 Salford Primary Care Trust invested £100,000 in the changing rooms creating a family friendly facility which can be used by people of all ages.
2010 : A grant was received from Salford City Council to erect a 'ball stop' fence, to safeguard users in front of the building
2011 : December 2011-Jan 2012 Saw Albert's suffer due to continual problems with the floodlights over a number of years, this year was to be the worst! Although maintenace work had been carried out, it became apparent that the lights were at the end of the reccomended lifespan of 20 years it was unlikely they would see us through another football season. Teams continued to train under poor lighting and remained loyal, understanding and most importantly patient. They have all booked to return for training later this year, we will be forever grateful. Urgent action was needed to enable Albert's to continue to deliver a first rate service, that not only hires out a first rate full size pitch, and community building, but also helps to subsidise the Youth club. The flood lights are a major asset.
2012 : End of June Albert's of Salford CIC received the best new's ever by successfully comming through the final stages in their bid and received just under £50,000.00 grant from Sport England, Inspired Facilities to completely renew the floodlights after years of anguish and problems. Work starts in August 2012 and the contract went out to Abacus Lighting.
2012: July 2012 Albert's upgraded the outdoor facility by installing a much needed drinks water fountain.
What is a Community Interest Company?
It is a company limited by guarantee. Directors do not take any profit from the organisation but rather plough them back into the company for re-investment. It is a model developed to promote social and community enterprises. A social enterprise aims to provide both social benefit and commercial sustainability.
Albert's of Salford CIC, Humphrey Booth Centre. Heath Avenue, off Lower Broughton Road. Broughton, Salford. M7 1NY Tel: 0161 792 6076 / 07969174487, Eve and weekends (booking enquiries only etc) 07938915062
Albert's of Salford is a Community Interest Company. Registration Number: 6565112