Community Foundation for Lancashire

 

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £500 grant from Community Foundation for Lancashire. This grant will fund some of the activities.

The registered charity was set up in 2008 by a group of parent carers to provide sporting activities for around 45 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 is fantastic news and helps fund our activities which our group really enjoy. Our group enjoy our sessions, and at the same time their families will be also to be able to have a short break too from their carer duties.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email Edward@divinedays.co.uk

Photographs are of group members taking part.

 

 

Blackpool Illuminations Trip October 2017

The 36 of the Sporting Challenge group went on a trip to see the Blackpool Illuminations on 25th October 2017.

The group had tea at the Seafarer Restaurant in Lytham-St-Annes and then went on to see the Illuminations.

Edward McCarthy Activities Coordinator said: “The group had a great time. the weather was great. I would like to thank all the activities support staff, the restaurant staff and Don Fraser Coaches for a fantastic trip. The trip was partly funded by the Community ink.  A big thank-you from Sporting Challenge.”

Sporting Challenge are a registered charity who provide social activities for 45 people with additional needs in West Lancashire.

www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Sporting Challenge arrange evening and weekend activities that  include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres. They provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Visit – https://donfrasercoaches.co.uk/and https://www.seafarerstakeaway.co.uk/

Sporting Challenge Talent Show

The first Sporting Challenge Talent Showcase Event took place at the Burscough Legion, Lord St, Burscough on Saturday 14th October at 7:30pm. The night included singing, dancing, magic, comedy, break dancing and much more !

Sporting Challenge are a registered charity who provide social activities for 45 people with additional needs in West Lancashire.

www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Sporting Challenge arrange evening and weekend activities that  include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres. They provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “Everyone has been practicing a great deal. This is the first event we have put on like and I think it was fantastic. The group have been practicing for months and there hard work came through in the performance. A big thank you from me to everyone who took part and everyone who supported the event.”

Edward added: “I would like to thank Amanda Baldwin who helped me organise the event, Russ who was our DJ/compere.”

During the event Sporting Challenge accepted a very kind donation from Northway Dental Practice and a donation from Resound Community Choir for £600.

For many information on Sporting Challenge contact Edward on 07971 299606 and email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

 

 

Percy Bilton Charity Funding Award

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £500 worth of funding from The Percy Bilton Charity. The funding is for a new Nintendo Switch games console, games and accessories.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.  The group have a sports based console night in Burscough which currently uses a Nintendo Wii.

Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. They provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news,  we have used our Nintendo Wi for many years and decided it was time to upgrade as there are no new games to be released on it. The Nintendo Switch should be great for our group. We will enjoy using it for many years to come.”

Visit – www.percy-bilton-charity.org

and http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Contact Edward on 07971 299606 and email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

Sporting Challenge Talent Show

 

 

The Sporting Challenge Talent Showcase Event.

At Burscough Legion, Lord St, Burscough.

Saturday 14th October at 7:30pm.

With raffle.

Entry £5.

With guest hosts.

Sporting Challenge are a registered charity who provide social activities for 45 people with additional needs in West Lancashire.

www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Sporting Challenge arrange evening and weekend activities that  include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres. They provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “Everyone has been practicing a great deal. This is the first event we have put on like this for the public so I hope a lot of people come and show their support. It will be a memorable night.”

Contact Edward on 07971 299606 and email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

 

 

Active West Lancs

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £500 worth of funding from Active West Lancs.

—‘Active West Lancs’ is a partnership commissioned by Lancashire County Council to deliver a three year programme to improve health and wellbeing across the borough.

—The five partners involved are West Lancashire Borough Council, Skelmersdale Community Food  Initiative, —West Lancs School Sports Partnership, —West Lancs CVS – Community Food Growing and —West Lancs Community Leisure Trust. They offer programmes of early intervention and prevention activities  for physical activity, weight management and obesity prevention.

—They target different sections of the community using local facilities and green spaces. Both medical referral and self referral are possible onto specific courses.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.

Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news and will fund some of our evening activities in the future. It is great that Sporting Challenge are involved in this project.”

Visit – http://activewestlancs.org/

and http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

Contact Edward on 07971 299606 and email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

Calvert Trust Break

On 8th-10th September 2017 Sporting Challenge have been on their first weekend away awarded partially funded by grants from the Community Foundation for Lancashire and the Rank Foundation.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.

Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. Sporting Challenge provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

The weekend was at the Calvert Trust Activities Centre in the Lake District. The group left West Lancashire on Friday via a Charlton Minibus. The Friday night included an evening meal, night walk, and social time. On Saturday the group took part in canoeing, meals, a challenge course, swimming and a disco. On Sunday the group took part in climbing, abseiling and ropes before heading home.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “The weekend  was a huge success. We all had a fantastic time. It was great to see the group taking part in new activities which we don’t normally do.  The Activities Centre was the shores of Bassenthwaite Lake near Keswick, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, the centre had accessible accommodation. They are accessible to people of all ages with sensory, learning or physical disabilities, including those with the most complex needs for which most outdoor centres cannot cater. ”

Edward added : “I was very proud of how the group worked as team and I would like to thank the Sporting Challenge Activities staff and the Centre staff for making the weekend a huge success. We will definitely be looking at having a break again. If amy organisation would like to help with our funding or if you are a interested parent please get in touch.”

For more details visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

 

Lancashire County Council Grants for Sporting Challenge 2017

Sporting Challenge have been awarded funding from some of the West Lancashire division of Lancashire County Councillors from the Lancashire County Council Local Member Grant Scheme.

Sporting Challenge, we are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy.These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres. Many people with a learning disability don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family/carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “This is great news and will fund some of our evening activities in the future. Details of the individual awards are below. Many thanks to Lancashire County Council and it’s respective councillors. Over the last year a number of new adults have started attending and we have also tried some new activities such as sailing.”

  • Cllr David O’Toole – West Lancashire South £200 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Julie Gibson – Skelmersdale West £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Malcolm Barron – West Lancs North £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Nikki Hennessy – Ormskirk £250 for one of our varied sessions.
  • Cllr Terry Aldridge – Skelmersdale Central £250 for our sessions.
  • Cllr Eddie Pope – Burscough and Rufford £250 for our sessions

Also:-

  • Cllr Joan Burrows – Champion for the Elderly £500 for our sessions.

Visit – http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/benefits-and-grants/grants-and-funding/voluntary-community-and-faith-sectors-grants-and-funding/local-member-grants.aspx

and http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=6472&pageid=38603

Visit – www.sporting-challenge.org.uk

 

LCC

Llandudno Coach Trip for Sporting Challenge Activities

The Sporting Challenge Activities group has had a coach trip to Llandudno on Saturday 19th August.

The group went on a Don Fraser coach from Burscough then Skelmersdale.

The group had a great day. On arrival they had time for a walk with some sightseeing. Then lunch in local restaurant Tribells. Then more time for more sightseeing , some of the group went along the front and some went up the Great Orme.

The group headed home late afternoon.

The coach was funded by the Skipton Building Society Charitable Trust and the rest of the day was funded by the Community Link Foundation based in Southport and a donation from the former Villages in Partnership charity.

For more information visit –

http://www.skiptoncharitablefoundation.co.uk

http://www.clfoundation.co.uk

Sporting Challenge Activities have organised activities for adults with additional needs in West Lancashire since 2008.

Sporting Challenge, are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting / leisure activities for around 45 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, walk, Pool nights, Wii nights,  Swimming and Boccia/Kurling at local Sports Centres.

Sporting Challenge provide Sessional Workers who collect the adults from where they live, support the people whilst they out at the activities and then return them home after the activities.

Edward McCarthy Sporting Challenge Activities Co-ordinator said: “The group had a great day in Llandudno. The group tried a lot of new experiences during the day and enjoyed the seaside atmosphere. A big thank-you to our funders , without whom the day would not have been possible.”

For more details visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

 

Funding Award from The Rank Foundation

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £750 grant from The Rank Foundation. This grant of £750 is to support our Lake District Short break for young adults with learning disabilities coming up in September.

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 is fantastic news and helps fund our planned short break later in the year. We are going to go to the Calvert Trust Centre near Keswick for an activities based weekend. Our group will really enjoy such a break, and at the same time their families will be also to be able to have a short break too from their carer duties.”

For more information visit http://www.rankfoundation.com/

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email Edward@divinedays.co.uk

Photograph of group members on a previous activities short break.