Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 (011) 4982-7637
Translated from their site:
Our club was founded on the idea of integration and community participation, a reflection of the men who started it.
In the late ’30s due to the ongoing siege decrees dictating successive governments in all parts of the capital clubs were founded in order to avoid arrests that occurred in bars, meeting place of the famous “bar district” Caballito not escape this trend, and on 1 May 1938 a group of boys founded our club with the name “Club Chiqué” after the tango namesake , known at the time, to have a place for meetings of friends. Also as a relic of the times, women were prevented access. It was just for men and was expressed in the statutes. Then in 1954, accompanying the time of participation of women in social and political life, the statutes were changed and women have joined the club community. Reflecting progress as now, the harmony between what happens outside and inside the club.
From these meetings form a football team that served as the local “Matto court” where now stands the building of the Sanatorium Julio Mendez, in Avellaneda and Acoyte. Years later and in its own headquarters in Campichuelo, forming a basketball team, which thanks to competitive players, managed to climb and play on the 2nd. Division, where he had to face teams like Independiente and River among other greats of the era.
On Sunday the club at the time, were a feast, since morning, the boys and some great gun-ban its football and minced larger arming their “bites” where no lack olives, salami, cheese and vermouth, to follow at noon with delicious roasts.
Also performed memorable tango dances on Saturdays, remembering that our institution sang and played great as D ‘Arienzo, Pugliese, Alberto Castillo, Alberto Marino, The Polish Goyeneche and dancers like the famous Gloria and Eduardo Exposito and poets such as Homer. At that time he defended the colors of neighborhood institutions, not only on the court but also in the organization of the best dances, and Club Premier stood out as one of the most famous dances of the time.
They were also unforgettable carnival dances, which chose the best costumes and the election of the Carnival Queen, a tradition of the 30s and 40s.
History tells us of moments of censorship that received the Club when they changed their name to Club Libertad Chique. The title capped a day when the police appeared at the club, asking to make present the Steering Committee members, and when they did, they took them all arrested, a criminal background check. We inquired at the police station to see what the political orientation had, because of the colors of the club and the date of its foundation, which had received complaints where managers accused of being anarchists, communists, denied accusations. The commissioner shall gather them all and told them they were advised to rename the club because the proximity to the house of a Commissioner and renamed “Freedom Club” founded on Labor Day lent to confusion. Upon returning to the Club’s members of the executive committee, and analysing the bitter experience they decided to rename the club. Following an intense evening until dawn came, they decided on the “Premier Club”.
Like all neighborhood clubs had a boom and a deep depression that led to the near extinction institution. That was in the 90’s until 2000. Costs rose and revenues are extinct. Partners were obliterated when decaying general revenues of the population.
In other cases a result of the debts, the club went bankrupt and its assets liquidated. The state was absent throughout this period and others behaved community to this problem, absorbed in his own crisis. So were those years that left an indelible mark on the Argentine and in these community spaces.
Today the Club is run by a group of young and not so young as well as by some children and grandchildren of that-the founding partners. Since 2003, with the same is-spirit but innovative ideas, our institution vuelvió open to the community, with sports schools Football, fabric and trapeze, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido, film, Peña Folk, Tango and Milonga, Blues Jam, Chess, Dance Lessons Arabic and modern rhythms, figure skating, and other activities such as those conducted in Organic Gardening “The Caskote”, one of the few existing urban gardens in the City .
We pay our space for other neighborhood institutions that require the place and offer it for free:
– A public school district that does not have enough space for athletic practices: ENS No. 4, Estanislao Zeballos, EMEM No. 7, Maria Claudia Falcone, Trade School No. 16, Gabriela Mistral, who use the Playon of – portivo Club from Monday to Friday.
-The New Senior Center September 26, composed of retirees engaged in many activities during the week in the Club.
-The Children’s Home Tupá Snuff, based works in the neighborhood, we offer to the practice in the sports schools available to the Club, children who are housed.
Today we live in a city and a new neighborhood and the greater the need to have a place to know that our children are doing activities with friends, integrated sports and culture, a place where you can enjoy many activities. But we would also highlight the importance of the field of leisure and recreation for the integral development of all people and their own personal and social integration.
It was obvious from one visit that the club retains it commitment to integration and community. In fact, I was asked if I want to perform (I politely declined)! The building itself is spacious and the walls are adorned with paintings of street scenes and graffiti. The back room is dedicated to performances including dance and music (and I think martial arts). Everyone was very nice and welcoming to us, the only two in the club that were English speaking. Entry to the “blues jam” was 20 Pesos ($4.70) and a liter of beer was 23-35 pesos ($5.40-8.25) depending on brand. They also sold a few different food items, including a vegetarian option.
Images (from a phone camera)