Burscough based charity Sporting Challenge had been awarded £729 from the Skipton Building Society to go towards the cost of their various sporting and social activities. The charity used part of the funding for a coach trip to Blackpool in June 2014 where they had lunch and visited Illuminasia, the world’s largest indoor Illuminations experience at the Winter Gardens.

Sporting Challenge is made up of parents and carers who have been providing sporting activities for around 40 people with learning difficulties in West Lancashire for over six years by organising evening and weekend activities which are a great way for their service users to have fun, make friends and lead an active lifestyle whist providing valuable respite for their parents/carers.

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

This is where Sporting Challenge can really help as 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 again.

Sporting Challenge Secretary and Trustee Edward McCarthy “The group had a fantastic day in Blackpool. The people we support enjoyed a day out in Blackpool with their friends and this allowed their parents/carers to have a break. Over recent years we have received a lot of funding from building societies/ banks and supermarkets. The media often “bashes” such organisations but we know from first hand experience how their charitable schemes make a huge difference. I urge local charities to apply themselves for such funding as it is really quite straight forward.”

Sporting Challenge Chairman John Haggart also said “I am delighted with the support we received from the Skipton Building Society which has enabled us to organise this enjoyable trip to Blackpool”.

Visit the  Sporting Challenge Website and Skipton Charitable Foundation Website

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Activities July

Please contact Sporting Challenge for more details.

Date Event Venue cost
2nd July Bowling Southport £10
7th July Craft Skelmersdale £7
14th July Dance Skelmersdale £7
16th July Bowling Southport £10
24th July Aerobics Burscough £7
30th July Boccia Burscough £7


Activities June

Please get in touch for details of June activities-


Date Event Venue cost
4th June Boccia Burscough £7
9th June Walk Southport £7
11th June Bowling Southport £10
12th June Aerobics Burscough £7
16th June Dance Burscough £7
18th June Boccia Burscough £7
19th June Fitness Burscough £7
23rd June Bowling Soutport £10
25th June Summer disco The Barons £8
28th June Coach trip Blackpool £20

Activities in May



7th   May Boccia Burscough £7
8th May Walk Southport £7
12th   May Wii Night Burscough £7
14th   May Bowling Southport £10
15th   May Aerobics Burscough £7
19th   May Dance Skelmersdale £7
21st   May Bowling Southport £10
28th   May Boccia Burscough £7
29th   May Fitness Burscough £7

Divine Days



Divine Days Community Arts CIC is a community interest company set up to make the Arts accessible to the most vulnerable within our community. For more information and to book a place please contact:

Katie Whitehead  07896137236  or  01704 891336.

Full details of sessions below.

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Divine Challenge

Divine Days Community Arts CIC is a community interest company set up to make the Arts accessible to the most vulnerable within our community.


Divine Challenge


We are running a 12 month project in conjunction with Sporting Challenge and West Lancs Positive Living delivering creative sessions for adults with additional needs using:

Art Zone, Relaxation Zone, Massage Zone, Aromatherapy Zone, Drama, Creative Movement and Crafts Activities.

To be held 10.00am – 12.00pm every Tuesday from 1st April at the Greenhill Community Centre, Beech Close off Lancaster Drive, Skelmersdale, Lancs WN8 8DL.

Places must be booked in advance and there is a charge of £7 per Session.

Transport can be arranged within West Lancs.

For more information and to book a place please contact:

Katie Whitehead  07896137236  or  01704 891336.

Activities March

Please get in touch for further details-

5th Mar Meal Burscough £7
12th   Mar Boccia Burscough £7
13th   Mar Aerobics Burscough £7
17th   Mar Creative Dance Skelmersdale £7
19th   Mar Bowling Southport £10
24th   Mar Bowling Southport £10
26th   Mar Boccia Burscough £7
27th   Mar Fitness Burscough £7