Green Shoots Cafe Burscough-Funding


With the regrettable closure of the Green Shoots Café at Burscough Bridge Station some of their remaining funds have been passed on to Sporting Challenge. This will enable us to try out new sporting activities, so please let us have your ideas. We would like to thank Val Smith and her colleagues for their kind donation.


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-















Skipton Building Society Press Release from visit on 18th May 2011





 Sporting Challenge, a charity based in West Lancashire has been able to buy a much needed kurling golf set thanks to a donation from Skipton’s Southport Branch. The donation will enable the group to introduce more people in the area who have learning difficulties to creative and fun exercise sessions.

Kurling golf is a form of the game kurling, but instead of playing it on ice it can be played indoors. The game consists of between one and nine ‘holes’, with small targets laid around the floor. The objective is for players to try and complete the course in the least strokes.

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 including ten pin bowling, aerobics, swimming and now kurling golf. 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 successfully applied to Skipton’s Community Contribution Award and was awarded £73.98.

Carol Galvin, Branch Manger at Skipton’s Southport branch, visited one of the activity evenings and commented: “I was touched by what I saw when I visited Sporting Challenge, the people there are so inspirational As a mutual building society, Skipton works hard to support the communities where our members live and work, and we’re delighted to offer our support to Sporting Challenge. On behalf of everyone in our branch, I would like to congratulate them on the work they do and wish them every success in the future.”

Chairman of Sporting Challenge, John Haggart said that he was delighted with the donation Sporting Challenge had received from the Skipton as it has enabled us offer more activities for our members. Thank you very much on behalf of everyone.













Westhead Walk 13th July 2011

The group enjoyed a lovely summer walk around Westhead. We started in Ruff Wood
walked down to Wigan Road , along Alice’s Walk to the old railway line where the
‘Skem Jazzer’ used to take passengers from Ormskirk to Skelmersdale and beyond before
the line closed to freight in 1964. We then carried onto Sandy Lane, then Castle Lane
and stopped for refreshments at the Halton Castle Pub before returning home.

Ruff Wood (Ormskirk)