Sporting Challenge Activities

Sporting Challenge were formed in 2008 are celebrating it being eight years since they began. Sporting Challenge organise evening activities for adults with additional needs. The Activities take place monthly across West Lancashire during the evenings and sometimes weekends.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Coordinator said: “Sporting Challenge have been providing sporting activities for around 40 people with additional needs in West Lancashire by organising evening and weekend activities which are a great way for the users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle whist providing valuable respite for their parents/carers. It can be difficult to access sport and exercise activities with barriers including parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, or they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes. Sporting Challenge can really help as it provides specialist support 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 again. We provide sessions if ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming, Wii nights and much more. We work closely with local organisations Divine Days Creative Arts, Domino Partnerships and the charity Linkability to provide our ever popular sessions.”

Edward added: “We are currently recruiting more staff for these activities, please get in touch for more information.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit or call 07971 299606 or email





Duchy of Lancaster Funding Award

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £500 towards activities and running costs.

The Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund is a Registered Charity set up with the consent of Her Majesty The Queen to benefit causes primarily within the County Palatine.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Coordinator said: “We wish to thank the Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth for our funding award. We know from feedback that our sessions are popular and beneficial, with extra funding we can carry on this good work and work towards new venues and opportunities.”

For more details visit , call Edward on 07971 299606 or email .



Activities December and January


Click for Word Version of flyer – flyer

Course – course

Sporting Challenge Activities.
Social Activities for People with Additional Needs.
Activities December 2016 and January 2017.      

Welcome to the latest flyer.
What a busy year what with the Queen’s Birthday, American election, the Olympics and us leaving Europe! I hope you have a fun and relaxing Christmas. The next flyer be out by 20th January 2017. Please let me have feedback on our sessions, suggestions and ideas are always most welcome. There is possibly a new allotment project taking place in Burscough, let me if you are interested in anything like this in the daytime.
Best wishes, Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Coordinator.

For further information – please contact
or Tel 07971 299606

  • Tuesdays Computer Course Burscough ( will have a break over Christmas) £5 6-8pm.
  • 5th Dec  Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7.30pm.
  • 7th Dec Boccia and New Age Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf £7 7.30pm.
  • 12th Dec Dance Greenhill, Skelmersdale £7 7.30pm.
  • 14th Dec  Christmas Event Burscough Wharf. Music, food and partying!  £5 7.30pm.
  • 19th  Dec  Music  Greenhill, Skelmersdale £7 7.30pm.
  • 4th Jan Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport £10 7.30pm.
  • 8th Jan  Winter Walk Location to be decided. £7 1.00pm.
  • 9th Jan Dance Greenhill, Skelmersdale £7 7.30pm.
  • 11th Jan Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport £10 7.30pm.
  • 16th Jan Music Greenhill, Skelmersdale £7 7.30pm.
  • 18th Jan Boccia and New Age Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf £7 7.30pm.
  • 23rd Jan Swimming Park Pool Ormskirk £7 6.30pm.
  • 25th Jan Wii night Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm.
  • 26th Aerobics Old Peoples Club, Burscough £7 8.00pm.

Price per activity is half if you come with your own support. You can only come to one bowling or boccia, unless you come with your own support.

If you prefer you can pay for all your activities monthly by cheque, please ask for details.

If you would like a receipt for the payments for the activities this is available if you email Edward.
Other Activities:

  • Divine Dance run by Divine Days Creative Arts
    Divine Days Thursday Dance Session 1030am-12pm, first session is free then just £5.25 thereafter which includes refreshments. The dance session is at The Greenhill Community Hub, Beech Close, Skelmersdale.

Calling parents/carers !

  • Divine Days’ Community Connections project allows people to try activities they used to enjoy    and to sample new activities. Our session allows you dip into a wide variety of activities, learn a      new skill, crafts, painting, look at local history books and artefacts from when you were younger,    board games, model making and more. With refreshments. Sessions are run by qualified staff.
    Thursdays at the Greenhill Community Hub, Beech Close, Skelmersdale. £1.50 per session. Please call 07971 299606 or email if you have any questions.

Activity Cancellations

  • We understand that sometimes it is necessary to cancel activities that you have booked. We would appreciate it however, if you could give at least 2 days’ notice of cancellation so that we have time to offer your place to someone else. If you don’t give 2 days’ notice, we may have to charge you  the cost of the activity.

Why not join the Sporting Challenge Facebook Group?!/groups/197216310299358/

Activities information.
• Bowling. Tenpin bowling at Southport bowling alley. Southport-Ocean Plaza, Premier Bowl.
• Aerobics. Get fit under the expert eye of a qualified trainer. Old Peoples Club, Burscough.
• Boccia and New Age Kurling. Burscough Wharf Arts Centre. Session by Domino Partnerships.
• Wii games against your friends! Burscough Wharf Arts Centre. Session by Domino Partnerships.
• Dance and Music. Sessions for all under the instruction of qualified tutors provided by Divine Days Creative Arts.
• Swimming. Come to Park Pool in Ormskirk for swimming.
• Winter walk. On a Sunday afternoon a winter walk will blow the cobwebs away and keep you fit. Venue to be decided. Weather dependent.
• Christmas Event. At Burscough Wharf. Cost £5. With buffet, music and fun! Please dress up!
With raffle, donations of prizes are most welcome. Please let me know of any dietary requirements.
• Burscough Hub in association with Burscough Parish Council have teamed up with the WEA to provide free computer courses for residents of Burscough and surrounding areas.
The course run from 8th November 6pm-8pm on Tuesdays each week, with refreshments. The start time maybe later as time goes on. The courses are held at the Burscough Methodist  Church Hall (upstairs room) and are suitable for absolute beginners and for improvers and  you can bring your own computer or tablet or use ones provided. Sporting Challenge Activities with Timesavers are supporting you to go to the course, for £5 we will take you to the course and support you. Please book your place like any other activity. Or if you want to without our support on your own you need to book a place by telephone call the Parish Council office on 01704 894914 or email  Burscough Methodist Church Hall,  Orrell Lane, Burscough, Ormskirk L40 0SG.