Councillors’ praise for Sporting Challenge Olympic themed night


Young adults with learning disabilities from right across West Lancashire were praised after taking part in an Olympic-themed evening.

Sporting Challenge organised the event at Skelmersdale Cricket Club, which ended with a prize giving ceremony with special guests Cllr David Sudworth, West Lancashire Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Community Safety, and County Cllr Carolyn Evans, Lancashire County Council’s Champion for the Disabled.

The event was the brainchild of Sporting Challenge secretary and trustee, Edward McCarthy, who had himself gone to watch the Olympic Games, and thought it would be a great idea to hold an Olympic themed night. Together with Chairman John Haggart they got to work with some more unusual ideas, including javelin throwing, circus skills and welly throwing!

The evening was funded through a grant awarded by County Cllr Evans and regional radio station Real Radio supplied the event with “Olympic”  medals to give out to all the participants.

Cllr Sudworth said: “I was delighted to attend Sporting Challenge’s event along with Cllr Evans and present the participants and their carers with their prizes. They were extremely enthusiastic and it was clear everyone had a great time.

“It was very interesting to hear about the good work undertaken by Sporting Challenge to give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to participate in different sporting activities and encourage them to improve their health and wellbeing.”

For more information on Sporting Challenge, visit

Attached photos shows Cllrs David Sudworth and Carolyn Evans handing out medals at the prize-giving at Skelmersdale Cricket Club and the evening itself.





































Sponsored Walk 2nd September 2012


Sporting Challenge are holding a sponsored Walk on the 2nd of September starting at 1.30pm at the Ring ‘O’ Bells pub (L40 5TE). The walk will be to Parbold and back, which is around 4.5 miles and should take about 2 hours. Your support is gratefully received. For more details please get in touch.

Please click below for a sponsorship form-

Sporting Challenge Sponsored Walk Form









Funding Award


Sporting Challenge has received a grant of £200 from Lancashire County Council Disability Champion Councillor Carolyn Evans.

This will help us carry on with our good work.


Sporting Challenge in Lancashire County Council Newsletter


Sporting Challenge are mentioned in the newsletter below. County Councillor Carolyn Evans visited our Boccia and New Age Kurling activity on 14th December 2011 in Burscough. Councllor Evans is the Champion for the Disabled in Lancashire.

Read about her below and the newsletter.

CC Evans Newsletter Xmas







Big Lottery Fund (Awards For All) December 2011


We have been given a grant offer of £6,150 from the Big Lottery Fund.

It is for:  Swimming, Fitness Training, Zumba/Dance and Wii Games Night.

Many thanks to the Big Lottery (Awards For All) Grants Team. This will help us keep on with the great work we do.

Relating to this John Haggart, the chairman of Sporting Challenge has been on BBC Radio Lancashire’s  Graham Liver Breakfast Show  and the Sean McGinty Drivetime Show on 20th December 2011.

Also we are mentioned on here-















Sponsored Walk Press Article 15th May 2011

by Edward McCarthy.

Sporting Challenge, a group of parent carers providing sporting activities for local folk with learning disabilities staged its sponsored walk yesterday, Sunday 15th May.

Despite the wet and wild weather, the group didn’t let that stop them, walking from Burscough Wharf to Heaton’s Bridge and back again.

Said Edward, Sporting Challenge secretary: “We aim to keep members fit and healthy. We also arrange evening and weekend activities include 10 pin bowling, aerobics, swimming and boccia/curling 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 either not motivated or unable to take them on such activities which they can’t attend on their own, ” he added.

“Our activities are very popular, and the walk was really enjoyable showing the support we have”.

If anyone would like to still sponsor the walkers please get in touch by calling our chairman John Haggart on 01704 893835