Sporting Challenge Community Link

An organisation that promotes healthy lifestyles has been awarded a grant by Community Link Foundation to support a series of sporting activities for people with learning difficulties.

Sporting Challenge, based in West Lancashire, was set up in 2008 by a group of parents of adults with additional needs and its aims is to give people the opportunity to participate in different activities and encourage them to improve their health and well-being. They now support 55 people in the West Lancashire area.
They applied to Community Link Foundation for funding to put on activities to improve health, fitness, well being and enjoyment of physical activity including aerobics, bowling, boccia, kurling, zumba/dance and swimming.

Many of the group members live in rural areas across West Lancashire where public transport is poor or none existent, so Sporting Challenge also provides transport to and from the activities.

Sporting Challenge Activities Organiser Edward McCarthy: “I am delighted with the support we have received from the Community Link Foundation. On behalf of Sporting Challenge I would like to thank them for their support – it will make a huge difference. Attendance at the activities will improve their quality of life by enabling them to try something different, learn new skills and have the opportunity to socialise.”

“Some people with learning disabilities do not need physical support, but they may lack the skills to organise their own activities and maintain a circle of friends. We feel that that by providing these activities for people with learning disabilities we have really made a difference to their quality of life.”

Enda Rylands, Chairman of Community Link Foundation, said: “We are delighted to be able to award Sporting Challenge a grant of £500 to enable them to continue the wonderful work that they are doing. We have supported them in the past and know what great work they do.”

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Community Link £500


Sporting Challenge have been awarded £500 from Community Link to help fund sessions.

Community Link Foundation is a local charity with a difference; they assist anyone in Southport and surrounding areas who need financial support in the form of a variety of ways. They have a passion for supporting the people and organisations within our community and invest in the people who live in it so that we can be proud of where we live. Whether you are a parent with a child requiring assistance as part of an on-going illness or disease, a sports team in need of new equipment to benefit local young people or a community group that needs financial support for supplies or materials, Community Link Foundation can help those who need it most. The Community Link Foundation is the charity for the people of Southport, Formby, Ormskirk, Ainsdale, Burscough, Hesketh Bank, Rufford and Banks and the communities within these catchment boundaries.



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The Gatliff Trust

A huge thank-you to The Gatliff Trust who have made a donation to our 2020 Holiday.

The Gatliff Trust was established by Herbert Gatliff in 1961. It is dedicated to encouraging young people, especially those of limited means to experience, explore and appreciate the British countryside.  This is a wide brief from which it picks out specific themes: small hostels, especially in wilderness areas such as the Outer Hebrides, the adventure of hostelling and personal exploration of the countryside.  Their sister trust is the Gatliff Hebridean Hostels Trust.



The Harris Charity

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £2000 from the Preston based charity.

A huge thank-you on behalf of Sporting Challenge.

The Harris Charity can help young people under the age of 25 years who live in Lancashire (with priority for those living in the Preston District.) The charity can provide financial grants for the following reasons:

  1. To relieve need, hardship or distress.
  2. To promote education, including social and physical training.
  3. To provide financial assistance, outfits, clothing, tools, musical instruments, equipment or books to enable young people to make a successful transition from formal education to prepare for, or to enter, a profession, or trade.
  4. To support apprenticeships.
  5. To provide or to assist in the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure-time occupations in the interest of social welfare with the object of improving the conditions of life.
  6. To make grants or donations to charitable institutions or organisations whose objective is to the benefit of such persons as listed above.



Edward Gosling Foundation £4000 Grant


Sporting Challenge have been awarded £4000 from the Edward Gosling Foundation.

The Edward Gostling Foundation was formed in 1994 and is registered with the Charity Commission (number 1068617).

They provide grants to other charities that are registered and regulated by a UK Charity Commission with the aim of enhancing the quality of life of people in need and, particularly, those on a low income who have a physical and/or mental disability or long-term illness.

The charities they support are all specialists with the expertise and resources required to provide support to vulnerable members of society living with a disability or long-term illness.

A huge thank-you on behalf of Sporting Challenge.

November 2019.