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)

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