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Dads were at war, mums were at work, and parental controls were weakened.
With just one full time paid leader and a caretaker, much of the youth work focused on providing sports facilities for the youngsters of south Leeds for decades it has been a production line for top quality Rugby League players and amateur boxers.
By Tony Gardner
They aimed to give boys, many of whom worked long hours in factories, opportunities to enjoy recreation, warmth and comradeship.
"We are also still focused on the sports youth work side of things and always welcome volunteers. We are currently trying to set up football and gymnastics teams and are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved."
"We have some great kids and the club is here to help young people achieve whatever they want to.
for Boys and Girls has carved itself a new niche, making it as relevant to the community it serves today as in the grim years of its conception.
In the age of the ASBO and panic over unprecedented levels of childhood obesity, Hunslet Club Lv Handbags Price
Fast forward six and a half decades and the ethos remains virtually unchanged, although the social settings are vastly different and the club now has a more politically correct name.
Hooliganism and pilfering were becoming a problem.
Fitness for life is undimmed at 65
"Dr Wyllie set up the club because he could see there was a problem with young boys having nowhere to go or having nothing to do. The principles are very much the same today in the way we provide facilities for young people.
Five years ago, the Hillidge Road club stood empty in the daytime.
In the dark days of dusk till dawn blackouts, air raid sirens, searchlights and reinforced cellars, recreational facilities came a poor second to the mills, chemical works and factories backing the war effort.
"But come 3pm we become the main youth centre for the area."
A contemporary police report states: "The lads are not really bad, but they have nowhere Bags Louis Vuitton to go to release their surplus energies."
The club works closely with Leeds Youth Service and youth offending teams and receives funding from Education Leeds to teach pupils who often struggle in mainstream schools.
Club director Dennis Robbins said: "We have transformed how we operate over the past few years age and there are now two distinct sides to the world of the club. We operate very much like a business, but the reasons why we are here are much the same as 65 years ago.
Today, the club is busy all day long and staffed by 28 full time workers and 40 volunteers offering vocational courses and qualification in areas such as car maintenance, plumbing, bricklaying, joinery, plastering, hair dressing, catering and Neverfull Lv Monogram
educational work and are involved with children from schools across Leeds.
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With few material resources, funding or equipment the group relied on the help and good will of the people of Hunslet.
IT WAS an institution forged out of the bleak early Second World War years in a bid to bring stability amid the disruption to community and family life.
Mr Robbins said: "We don't want anybody to ever get the impression that the club has become a dumping ground for schools. We are not just about dealing with difficult kids. "Anybody wanting to learn skills which could help them into the jobs market when they leave school is welcome here.
Hunslet Boys' Club was born.
The club is inviting all past and present members to its 65th anniversary celebrations on Saturday, November 18.
The depressing social climate inspired local GP Dr John Wyllie and a small group of people to create something organised and welcoming, but separate from the tensions of home, school and work.
The club's motto was "fitness for life."
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