Councillors’ praise for Sporting Challenge Olympic themed night


Young adults with learning disabilities from right across West Lancashire were praised after taking part in an Olympic-themed evening.

Sporting Challenge organised the event at Skelmersdale Cricket Club, which ended with a prize giving ceremony with special guests Cllr David Sudworth, West Lancashire Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Community Safety, and County Cllr Carolyn Evans, Lancashire County Council’s Champion for the Disabled.

The event was the brainchild of Sporting Challenge secretary and trustee, Edward McCarthy, who had himself gone to watch the Olympic Games, and thought it would be a great idea to hold an Olympic themed night. Together with Chairman John Haggart they got to work with some more unusual ideas, including javelin throwing, circus skills and welly throwing!

The evening was funded through a grant awarded by County Cllr Evans and regional radio station Real Radio supplied the event with “Olympic”  medals to give out to all the participants.

Cllr Sudworth said: “I was delighted to attend Sporting Challenge’s event along with Cllr Evans and present the participants and their carers with their prizes. They were extremely enthusiastic and it was clear everyone had a great time.

“It was very interesting to hear about the good work undertaken by Sporting Challenge to give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to participate in different sporting activities and encourage them to improve their health and wellbeing.”

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Attached photos shows Cllrs David Sudworth and Carolyn Evans handing out medals at the prize-giving at Skelmersdale Cricket Club and the evening itself.





































Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation Award August 2012


Sporting Challenge are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres. Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Sporting Challenge has obtained a grant of £540 for Boccia/Kurling from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.  This will allow us to run sessions of Boccia / New Age Kurling at Burscough Wharf. Many thanks to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation. For more information click their logo below.












Olympics Night 30th August 2012



Sporting Challenge are celebrating the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics by organising a special evening event.  The evening will be a lot of fun in what has been a brilliant summer of British sport. Have you got what it takes to win a medal? The Medals will be awarded by special guests. There will be a variety of usual and unusual games , an Olympic Torch too and flags.

Taking place at Skelmersdale Cricket Club on Thursday 30th August, please get in touch for more details.




Sponsored Walk 2nd September 2012


Sporting Challenge are holding a sponsored Walk on the 2nd of September starting at 1.30pm at the Ring ‘O’ Bells pub (L40 5TE). The walk will be to Parbold and back, which is around 4.5 miles and should take about 2 hours. Your support is gratefully received. For more details please get in touch.

Please click below for a sponsorship form-

Sporting Challenge Sponsored Walk Form