Piccadilly. It’s big but becomes quickly outgrown by the organisation.
It’s renovated to provide a 1200 seat lecture hall; another with 400 seats; a gym; reading room and libraries; educational rooms; and a restaurant providing ‘nourishing refreshments at moderate prices’.
It’s 80,000 square feet include a gymnasium, wooden elevated running track, two fives courts on the roof and, thanks to the newly invented reinforced concrete, a swimming pool near the top of the building.
Jack sadly passed away in 2014
The YMCA basketball team becomes European Champions; The football team takes the Lancashire Amateur Championship; other YMCA clubs thrive including boxing; judo; hockey; wrestling; harriers; cycling; swimming; and fives.
1970’s & 1980’s
• Community work becomes more prominent as we begin to reach out beyond our membership.
• Sporting success continues as the wrestling club becomes one of the pre-eminent clubs in Europe.
• In 1972 aged 17 Joey Gilligan is selected to represent Great Britain at the Munich Olympics in wrestling.
• Fitz Walker wrestles at 3 Olympic Games, 3 Commonwealth Games, 3 Commonwealth championships and also gains a place in the Guinness World Book of Records.
• Stef Kurpas wrestles at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane 1982 and at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984.
• Wayne Enstone becomes the National Fives Champion and goes on to win the title a further 22 times.
• In 1979 John Hilton becomes European Table Tennis Champion.