Skipton Building Society September 2013

           

SKIPTON DONATION FUNDING AWARD TO SPORTING CHALLENGE

Sporting Challenge have been awarded £729 from the Skipton Building Society to go towards the cost of various sporting activities over the next year. This funding will allow the Sporting Challenge to try new activities as well as ones tried before. The donation will enable the group to introduce more people in the area who have learning difficulties to creative and fun exercise sessions. This new funding is for a coach trip, archery sessions, bowling sessions and Wii games/ equipment.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire for nearly three years. They organise evening and weekend activities. The classes are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle. And they also provide some respite care for their families and carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties to access sport and exercise activities. Barriers include parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, and they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes.

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help. It provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home.

Sporting Challenge Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy “This is fantastic news, many thanks to the Skipton Building Society for once more supporting our charity.”

Rock and River visit

 

Sporting Challenge are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 40 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. They provide Sessional Workers who collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

With funding secured from the Skipton Building Society they arranged a day at Rock and River Outdoor Pursuits in Mawdesley on the 31st August 2013 and people were able to take part in climbing, archery and canoeing. The weather was great and the group had a fun and a challenging day !

Edward McCarthy ,Trustee and Secretary of Sporting Challenge, said “The group had a very exciting day at Rock and River with the help of the Skipton Building Society. The activities were great fun but were also  good for confidence building and everyone pushed themselves to the limit. Many thanks to Rock and River for a fantastic day.”

For more information please visit the links below-

http://www.rockandriver.co.uk/

http://www.skiptoncharitablefoundation.co.uk

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

 

 

Sponsored Walk

 

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We are constantly looking at ways to raise money so that we can continue to offer you activities. We are planning a sponsored walk on the afternoon of the 22nd of September at Mere Sands. We would really appreciate any support you can give and have attached  a sponsor form. We really want to encourage parents and carers to get involved and participate in the sponsored event.

The walk is at Mere Sands please contact us on 01704 893835 or 07971 299606 for more information.

Mere Sands Nature Reserve, Holmeswood Rd, Rufford, Ormskirk , Lancs L40 1TG

Click below for form-

 

 

 

 

Activities September

Dates of activities in September please ask for more information.

 

Date Event Venue
4th Sept Boccia Burscough
9th Sept Craft Skelmersdale
11th Sept Cook and Dine Burscough
14th Sept Golf Beacon Park
17th Sept Swimming Park Pool
18th Sept Dance and Drama Burscough
22nd Sept Sponsored Walk Mere Sands
23rd Sept Bowling Southport
25th Sept Wii Upholland
26th Sept Fitness Burscough

 

Sporting Challenge Big Lottery Fund grant award

 

Sporting Challenge have received a grant offer of £9,495 for 12 Sessions of Fitness Training, Aerobics/Zumba, Bowling and 6 Taster Sessions of Archery and Raquet Sports. They are due to Commence on 1st August. Many thanks to the Big Lottery Fund this is great news.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire since 2008.

They organise evening and weekend activities including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming, archery, Wii nights, boccia, kurling, and dance sessions. The classes are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle. And they also provide some respite care for their families and carers.

It can be difficult for people with learning difficulties to access sport and exercise activities. Barriers include parents or carers being unable to physically take them and stay with them at classes, and they can also experience physical difficulties with participating in mainstream sport and exercise classes.

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help. It provides special workers who can collect participants from where they live and provide much needed support while they are having fun, before dropping them off back home.

Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy said:  “I am delighted with this funding award from the Big Lottery Fund.  It is a wonderful opportunity for Sporting Challenge. Thank you very much on behalf of everyone.”

For more information visit-http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/contact/

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August Activities

 

For more information please ask-

  • 3rd August Archery in Ormskirk.
  • 7th August Boccia and Kurling in Burscough.
  • 8th August Aerobics in Burscough.
  • 13th August Swimming in Ormskirk.
  • 19th August Bowling in Southport.
  • 21st August Dance in Burscough.
  • 22nd August Fitness in Burscough.
  • 31st August Rock and River morning.

Sporting Challenge 2013 AGM

Sporting Challenge had their 5th AGM in Lathom on 2nd July 2013.

Here is a copy of the chairman’s Report.

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Annual General Meeting

2nd July 2013

Chairman’s Report

Sporting Challenge has continued to build on the success of previous years by increasing the number of activities it provides which now include: Zumba, Dance and Drama, Fitness Training, Wii Games, Archery, Golf , Aerobics and a Mini Olympics.

The funding has come mainly from: Co-operative Community Fund, West Lancs BC Community Chest , LCC Local Members Grant , LCC Disability Champion Grant, Percy Bilton Fund, Yorkshire and Skipton Building Societies.

Also a sponsored walk we held in September 2012 raised £300 towards other activities not funded by grants.

The website is updated on a regular basis with information about our activities and has links to social networking sites and other organisations

I would like to thank our committee members for their support in the past year especially our Secretary Edward McCarthy and Treasurer Richard Whitehead for their help.

Also I would like to thank the Sessional Workers we engage from West Lancs Positive Living who help support our members together with the staff from Domino Partnerships who now provide some of our activities.

The number of members has continued to grow and the feedback we have from them on how much they enjoy the activities encourages us to continue to provide these opportunities for them to keep fit and healthy, to socialise and make new friends.

J G Haggart

26/6/13

Summer 2013

During the summer of 2013 Sporting Challenge will organising some new activities including Golf, Walks and a morning at Rock and River.

Please watch out for further news.

 

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Lake District Coach Trip to Bowness on Windermere

With thanks to the Skipton Buiding Society some of our group went on a coach trip to Bowness on Windemere in the Lake District. The coach was supplied by Charlton Mini Coaches of Ormskirk. Some photos are below , extra ones will be added.

Sporting challenge were awarded £1,050.80 in September 2012 from the Skipton Building Society to go towards the cost of various sporting activities over the next year. For more information on the Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation click their logo on this page.

For information on Charlton Mini Coaches visit the link below:

Charlton Mini Coaches website

 

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Lancashire County Council Funding

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

Cllr Julie Gibson – Skelmersdale West £250 for a session of either Bowling, Boccia/ Kurling or Aerobics.

Cllr David Westley – West Lancashire East £250 for a session of Bowling, Boccia / Kurling or Aerobics.

Cllr Malcolm Barron- West Lancashire North £250 for a session of Bowling, Boccia / Kurling or Aerobics.

Cllr Cynthia Dereli – West Lancashire West £250 for a session of Bowling, Boccia/ Kurling or Aerobics.

Cllr David O’Toole – West Lancashire South £250 for a session of Bowling, Boccia/ Kurling or Aerobics.

Cllr Nikki Hennessy – Ormskirk West £250 for a session of Bowling, Boccia/ Kurling or Aerobics.