Funding News

Sporting Challenge based in West Lancashire are one charity who have benefited from funding from Cllr Mark Perks the Lancashire County Council Champion for Youth.

Sporting Challenge received £1,000 in December as part of this Programme.

Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the Board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves. The charity is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

The charity aims to provide sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. They organise activities that our members feel are most beneficial to them in improving their health, fitness, well-being and enjoyment of physical activity and those which they are most likely to continue with. These activities include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities.

They currently support around 46 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. This number is set to grow over the years to come. Around a third of its members are aged 16-22.

Activities Coordinator Edward McCarthy: “We are working with Lancashire County Council and its Transition Social Workers 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. There are potentially more members in need of us in this age range. I would like to thank Cllr Perks for this funding award which will make a huge difference.”

For more details visit http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606.

 

 

Sporting Challenge Activities

 

Sporting Challenge is a family led charity started in 2008 operating in West Lancashire supporting people with learning disabilities, where all members of the Board of Trustees are parents and carers themselves.

Our charity aims to provide sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. We organise activities that our members feel are most beneficial to them in improving their health, fitness, well-being and enjoyment of physical activity and those which they are most likely to continue with. These activities include: Aerobics, Bowling, Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities.

We currently support around 46 people in the West Lancashire area to access a variety of activities by providing transport to and from their homes and the appropriate sessional workers to support them whilst carrying out the activities. 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. There are potentially more members in need of us in this age range.

 

 

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Date Event Venue Cost Start time
3rd Jan Boccia and New Age   Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm-9pm.
10th Jan Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7:30pm
17th Jan Wii Night and Virtual       Reality Night Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm-9pm.
22nd Jan Dance with McDonald Dance Burscough British Legion, Lord St,       Burscough. Session by McDonald Dance.

 

£7 7:30pm-9pm.
24th Jan Boccia and New Age   Kurling Arts Centre, Burscough Wharf. £7 7.30pm-9pm.
25th Jan Aerobics The Old People’s Club, Lord St,           Burscough. £7 8pm-9pm
29th Jan Bowling Premier Bowl, Southport. £10 7:30pm

 

Christmas Party

Sporting Challenge’s Christmas Party took place at the Royal British Legion in Burscough on 11th December. There was Christmas music, dancing, a buffet, props, photos, and a visit from Father Christmas.

Merry Christmas !

 

 

Funding from the charity Trefoil

 

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £1000 donation from the Trefoil charity. This grant will fund some of parts of the group’s activities for members aged 16-22 years of age.

Trefoil’s origins lie in an initiative by a group of Girl Guides in St Abbs at the outbreak of World War II to help a group of “special evacuees” from Edinburgh. These were in the language of the times “physically handicapped” children for whom no provision had been made. The volunteers initially provided a home at Northfield House, St Abbs Head, and care for about 20 children aged 6-16.

Registered charity Sporting Challenge 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 for our ever increasing number of younger members.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

For information on the charity Trefoil visit – http://www.trefoil.org.uk/

Photograph of group members taking part in a cycling session.  

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Award from the Barchester Charitable Foundation

Sporting Challenge are celebrating a £350 grant from the Barchester Charitable Foundation. The grant will fund a coach or barge trip for the group.

Sporting Challenge is a charity which 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 will help fund a summer outing for the group. During the last year we went to Llandudno and Blackpool. our activities which our group really enjoy. Our group really enjoy our supported sessions which are always a lot of fun.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge Activities visit www.sporting-challenge.org.uk or call 07971 299606 or email EdwardatEMSS@gmail.com

Photographs are of group members taking part in our activities.