£2000 Funding Award for Sporting Challenge

More than £11,000 is being handed out to young people’s groups across Lancashire.

The funding, which was agreed by the county council’s cabinet on Thursday 8 March, will be handed to groups in Burnley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Preston, Ribble Valley, West Lancashire and Wyre.

Grants are being given to the following groups:

• Hyndburn Comets Majorette Troupe, which has received £2,000 to fund uniforms and equipment.
• Lancashire Boys and Girls Clubs in Burnley, Ribble Valley and Lancaster, which have been handed over £1,499 to fund games consoles, TVs and trophies so they can stage gaming competitions.
• TheTram Shed Theatre company, which has been given £1,900 to fund staff, programmes and costumes for its activities in Fylde, Wyre and Preston.
• AFC Fylde who have received £2,000 to fund sports activities, training and coaching at Moor Nook Neighbourhood Centre.
• GHS Youth Club, Preston which has received £250 to fund sport equipment and training courses.
• Preston Community Development Association, which has been handed £2,000 to fund pitch hire and a go-karting trip.
• Sporting Challenge in West Lancashire, who were given £2,000 to fund physical activities for people with disabilities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Organiser said:

“On behalf of Sporting Challenge I wish to thank Lancashire County Council for their most generous Young Peoples Grant. Our numbers are growing and the majority of new members are aged 16-22. This is a key area we need to support. This number is set to grow over the years to come. We are working with Lancashire County Council to provide support/ sessions for adults transition aged (16-22) this can be a difficult time for the adults and their families. There is a lot of change and they can easily move from school/ college and not keep their friendships. Our group can help people make new friends, grow in confidence and keep fit and healthy. If you are a parent who is interested please get in touch !”

For more information  on Sporting Challenge call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “These grants will help young people to take part in a range of activities, from majorette dancing and football, to go-karting and theatre productions.These grants aim to help young people to learn and develop new skills, be more independent and build their confidence. It’s great that young people have had their say on most of these funding decisions, through local youth councils who have made recommendations to the cabinet as to which projects they think should be funded. These groups play a crucial role in local communities and I’m pleased to provide these grants, which help them continue their vital role supporting young people across the county.”

Any groups that are interested in applying for funding should contact their local district youth council.

Lancashire County Council’s family and wellbeing service has made £111,000 grant funding available for young people and young people’s groups in 2017/18.

For further details of the young people’s grants that were approved by cabinet this week, visit: http://mgintranet/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=122&MId=6709