The inspiration for providing a Youth club for boys and young men within the local community was Edward De Stein. He was the founder member of a ‘City of London Brokers’, which through his leadership became an established and successful firm. During the 1920’s De Stein and a group of like minded friends purchased a property in Sulgrave Road and founded the ‘Sulgrave Club’. In 1936 the Club moved to its current premises in Goldhawk Road where it has remained to the present day. In 1938 an extension incorporating the main hall and gym were added to the rear of the house. For the next fifty or so years it was operated as a Boys Club affiliated to the then ‘London Federation of Boys Clubs’ and grant aided by the Local Authority. Edward De Stein created the Sulgrave Charitable Trust which is one of the main supporters of the Sulgrave Club. He became “Sir” Edward De Stein in recognition of his charitable work.
During this period the Club was used by a number of famous names including, Tony Hancock, Sid James, The Who, Les Ferdinand, Jim Davidson, Frankie Howard and also as rehearsal space for shows including by ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ and ‘The Bill’.
During the 1990’s it became obvious that the Club was in a mess. Low membership, run down premises, poor equipment and facilities, plus low motivation from management and staff all constituted to a Club in decline. This together with a change in how the Sulgrave was funded prompted the Management Committee to propose drastic changes.
In 1994, with the support of the Local Authority the Club secured the services of an experienced and successful Senior Youth Worker to take overall control. His report recommended an extensive reorganisation and renovation programme. This was accepted and resulted in a two year reorganisation programme being implemented. This was successfully completed in 1995 with the Club offering facilities to all young people aged 8-19 years. It was officially re-opened by HRH Princess Anne in January 1995.
At the present time the focus of the Club’s work is still with the 8 – 19 age group, that is divided into Junior & Senior sections covering 4 evenings each week. The Club has also expanded its school holiday provision to cover Easter & Summer school holiday’s. Since 2013, the Club have been commissioned to deliver a youth programme and general management of the Addison Youth Club in W14.