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
2012 : End of June Albert's of Salford CIC received a major grant from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund to completely renew the floodlights
2012: July 2012 Albert's upgraded the outdoor facility by installing a much needed drinks water fountain.
2019: the Directors voted to convert the CIC into a CIO receiving Charity Commission approval in June 2020.
2020: From March of 2020 Covid19 struck down the country and as a result we had to close down our facility. We re-opened in September and welcomed back all our users for their winter training only to be thwarted again by another lockdown a couple of months later!
Foundation 92 (F92) which is the official charity partner of Salford City Reds continued to hire out our facility to train their staff and deliver health, eduction and employability programmes.
2021: After another shakey start to the first quater of 2021 again due to another lockdown, we managed to keep our head above water!
The floodlight headlamps were in need of an overall, they were becoming costly to replace the bulbs & capacitors not to mention maintenance. A decision was made to replace the halogen heads with LED's which are cheaper to run and better for the enviroment. We searched a number of companies and settled for 'Midstream Lighting ltd' to do the works at a cost of £27k including VAT
We were absolutely delighted to received grant monies to part fund our project from a number of wards within the Salford district such as, East Salford, Swinton & Pendlebury, Ordsall & Langworthy and from the Eccles standing together group. The total amounted awarded was £12,500.00. The LED headlamps were installed in June. they are much brighter and give far better pitch coverage. The full impact for our users will be most noticable when the nights start drawing in.
Albert’s consistently attracts over 600+ individual site visitors per week from over 30 local formal and informal organisations and individuals, including sports clubs, schools, voluntary and charitable groups. We are an inclusive organisation welcoming people from all of Salford’s diverse ethnic/faith communities and minority groups. We are one of the few FA registered community-run sports facilities in Greater Manchester.
What is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)?
It is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. Trustees cannot benefit financially from their involvement. Any surplus income is ploughed back into the organisation for re-investment. Albert’s CIO is a social enterprise aiming to provide both public benefit and commercial sustainability.
For all enquiries/bookings and evening contact phone Kim Shaw, Facilities Manager: 07938915062
Albert's of Salford is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Charity Number: 1190274