Comic Relief

Sporting Challenge have been awarded funding from Comic Relief.

A huge thank-you this makes a huge difference.

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 themselves.

The charity aims to provide sporting activities to encourage people with learning disabilities to keep fit and healthy. There activities include: Aerobics, Bowling (in Southport), Boccia, Kurling, Zumba/Dance, Swimming and other Fitness Activities.

They provide support in West Lancashire area adults over 18 with a learning disability 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 their sports/social activities.


Coronavirus Member Update 25th August 2020

Sporting Challenge: COVID-19 Update

We hope that you are all continuing to keep well and still coping with the constraints that we have all had to live with since earlier this year …

As a charity, we are absolutely committed to keeping all of our members and support staff safe. This has meant we have produced detailed risk assessments for our activities which will provide a guide as to when we can recommence them.

Although there have been significant government relaxation of restrictions, here in the North West of England some of these restrictions are about to be reintroduced due to localised Covid-19 challenges.

The lifting of restrictions has allowed Sporting Challenge to reintroduce some outdoor activities for August and September, however looking ahead to October the view of the trustees is that to recommence our indoor activities is not yet possible primarily due to the challenges of venues not yet meeting our risk assessment criteria and Social Distancing being maintained by both our members, but as importantly others.

We will continue to review the situation and where and when it is possible will advise you of any changes that will allow us to run further activities.



Alasdair Watson


Sporting Challenge

24th August 2020.



Information 27 7 2020 SC

In line with the Government’s current advice to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are no longer accepting cash payment when attending Sporting Challenge activities. We will send out at the end of each month an invoice which will include details of the Sporting Challenge Bank Sort Code and Account Number that the payment is to be made to. If you need any assistance with this please do not hesitate to contact us for help.

If unwell / display COVID-19 symptoms as identified by the NHS

Staff cars will be cleaned prior to picking up anyone and again afterwards.

Face Masks must be worn in the car and will be asked to sit in back so as to maintain distancing from the PA. If no mask at pick up time means we will not bring you.

Bring Hand Gel and ensure that you use it when appropriate and reminders to do so will be given by PA’.s.

All activities will be based ‘outdoors’. If the weather isn’t deemed fit, the activity will be cancelled, and participants will be informed as soon as possible prior to being collected.

Activities have been risk assessed and the group will adhere to 1m social distancing and PPE requirements.

Sporting Challenge cannot be held accountable should a member (or PA) subsequently contracted COVID-19.

Names/addresses of all attendees will be compiled subject to this being needed for the NGS Track and Trace system.

28 7 2020.

Tesco Grant awarded to Sporting Challenge

Sporting Challenge have received a £500 grant from the Tesco Bags of Help Covid-19 Scheme to help fund future sessions.

A huge thank-you from everyone at Sporting Challenge.

Tesco Bags of Help has responded to the current COVID-19 crisis by setting up a new fund to support local communities. In order respond quickly to the emergency we have created a streamlined application and payment process to make it easier to get funds out quickly.

The programme will provide a single payment award of £500 to organisations who are supporting vulnerable groups, as part of their emergency response in supporting local communities.

Typically, the fund will support organisations that have experienced;

  • Increased demand –  a holiday hunger club needs more resources to support children through the summer months or  a food bank whose stocks are running low and needs an immediate donation to enable the food bank to restock.
  • Disrupted services – a  local charity setting up a delivery service  to replace its monthly lunch club, or a charity needing to set up a telephone service to support beneficiaries.
  • New services – a health focused charity having to set up a new online patient service requires new IT equipment or a mental health charity developing a new service.