Sporting Challenge awarded funding from Skipton Building Society September 2012




Sporting Challenge have been awarded £1050.80 from the Skipton Building Society to go towards the cost of various sporting activities over the next year. This funding will allow the Sporting Challenge to try new activities as well as ones tried before. The donation will enable the group to introduce more people in the area who have learning difficulties to creative and fun exercise sessions.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire for nearly three years. They organise evening and weekend activities including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming and now kurling golf. The classes are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle. And they also provide some respite care for their families and carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties to access sport and exercise activities. Barriers include parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, and they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes.

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help. It provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home.

Chairman of Sporting Challenge, John Haggart said that he was delighted with the donation Sporting Challenge had received from the Skipton as it has enabled us offer more activities for our members. Thank you very much on behalf of everyone.



Football in West Lancs


In West Lancs are the Skem Men-aces who aim is to provide football to all adults with a learning disability in a safe and friendly environment. The club is not only unique to Skelmersdale but also West Lancs. The club has also been visited by the Special Olympics. The team plays in Skelmersdale and much more information can be found on their website. For more information click below-

Skem Men-aces Website





Sponsored Walk 2nd Sept 2012


Sporting Challenge, a group of parent carers providing sporting activities for local adults with learning disabilities held a sponsored Walk on the 2nd September. It started at the Ring O’Bells and we walked along the canal to Parbold and back. The walk was about 4.5 miles and took 2 hours to complete. The walkers included members of the Sporting Challenge board, staff, parents and people who take part in our sporting activities. The weather stayed dry and the walkers enjoyed a nice afternoon, whilst raising much needed funds for the group.

Said Edward McCarthy, Sporting Challenge trustee and secretary: “We aim to keep members fit and healthy, and also arrange evening and weekend activities include 10 pin bowling, aerobics, swimming , zumba and boccia/kurling, dance/ drama all sat local venues in West Lancs.”

“Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family carers who support them are either not motivated or unable to take them on such activities which they can’t attend on their own,” he added.

If anyone would like to sponsor the walkers please get in touch by calling our chairman John Haggart on 01704 893835 or find out more information on our website