Sporting Challenge Big Lottery Fund grant award


Sporting Challenge have received a grant offer of £9,495 for 12 Sessions of Fitness Training, Aerobics/Zumba, Bowling and 6 Taster Sessions of Archery and Raquet Sports. They are due to Commence on 1st August. Many thanks to the Big Lottery Fund this is great news.

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 since 2008.

They organise evening and weekend activities including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming, archery, Wii nights, boccia, kurling, and dance sessions. 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.

Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy said:  “I am delighted with this funding award from the Big Lottery Fund.  It is a wonderful opportunity for Sporting Challenge. Thank you very much on behalf of everyone.”

For more information visit-






August Activities


For more information please ask-

  • 3rd August Archery in Ormskirk.
  • 7th August Boccia and Kurling in Burscough.
  • 8th August Aerobics in Burscough.
  • 13th August Swimming in Ormskirk.
  • 19th August Bowling in Southport.
  • 21st August Dance in Burscough.
  • 22nd August Fitness in Burscough.
  • 31st August Rock and River morning.

Sporting Challenge 2013 AGM

Sporting Challenge had their 5th AGM in Lathom on 2nd July 2013.

Here is a copy of the chairman’s Report.

Sporting Challenge

Annual General Meeting

2nd July 2013

Chairman’s Report

Sporting Challenge has continued to build on the success of previous years by increasing the number of activities it provides which now include: Zumba, Dance and Drama, Fitness Training, Wii Games, Archery, Golf , Aerobics and a Mini Olympics.

The funding has come mainly from: Co-operative Community Fund, West Lancs BC Community Chest , LCC Local Members Grant , LCC Disability Champion Grant, Percy Bilton Fund, Yorkshire and Skipton Building Societies.

Also a sponsored walk we held in September 2012 raised £300 towards other activities not funded by grants.

The website is updated on a regular basis with information about our activities and has links to social networking sites and other organisations

I would like to thank our committee members for their support in the past year especially our Secretary Edward McCarthy and Treasurer Richard Whitehead for their help.

Also I would like to thank the Sessional Workers we engage from West Lancs Positive Living who help support our members together with the staff from Domino Partnerships who now provide some of our activities.

The number of members has continued to grow and the feedback we have from them on how much they enjoy the activities encourages us to continue to provide these opportunities for them to keep fit and healthy, to socialise and make new friends.

J G Haggart