Sporting Challenge Activities Big Lottery Award

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £10,000 grant from the Awards For All Big Lottery Fund.

The registered charity was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 40 people with learning disabilities to keep them fit and healthy.

The Activities take place across West Lancashire during the evening and sometimes at weekends.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “The funding award from the Big Lottery Fund is fantastic news and secures our long term future. The Awards for All funding will help towards the cost of transport, sessional workers/instructors, venue hire and activity entrance fees.”

Edward added: “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 provides specialist support workers who 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 of 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.”

The regular physical activities and social contact improves peoples’ health, mental and physical well being leading to further opportunities as their confidence and independence skills grow.

The parent/carer will be also to be able to have a short break each week improving their quality of life and general well being.

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

Photographed Sporting Challenge Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy together with the group celebrating their award success.

Notes to editors

  • The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
  • It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.