Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation Award August 2012


Sporting Challenge are a group of Parent/Carers who from 2008 have been providing sporting activities for around 30 people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire to keep them fit and healthy. These evening and weekend activities include Ten Pin Bowling, Aerobics, Swimming and Boccia/Kurling 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 not motivated or are unable to take them on such activities and they can’t go on their own. We provide Sessional Workers who will collect them from where they live, support the people whilst they are at the sports centres and then return them home after the activities.

Sporting Challenge has obtained a grant of £540 for Boccia/Kurling from the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.  This will allow us to run sessions of Boccia / New Age Kurling at Burscough Wharf. Many thanks to the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation. For more information click their logo below.












Olympics Night 30th August 2012



Sporting Challenge are celebrating the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics by organising a special evening event.  The evening will be a lot of fun in what has been a brilliant summer of British sport. Have you got what it takes to win a medal? The Medals will be awarded by special guests. There will be a variety of usual and unusual games , an Olympic Torch too and flags.

Taking place at Skelmersdale Cricket Club on Thursday 30th August, please get in touch for more details.




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









Southport Bowling night 23rd July 2012


On 23rd July 2012 it was the latest ten pin bowling night at Southport Premier Bowl, on Ocean Plaza. Everyone really enjoyed the evening and there were quite a few strikes. Please get in touch for more information on the activities on offer.




Sporting Challenge AGM 2012 and Chairman’s Report


Sporting Challenge held their 2012 AGM on 2nd July 2012 in Lathom , near Ormskirk, Lancashire. The meeting was fully attended. The charity is looking forward to the year ahead. Here is our Chairman’s Report.


Sporting Challenge

Annual General Meeting

2nd July 2012

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, Swimming and Wii Games.

The funding has come mainly from: Baily Thomas, Co-operative Community Fund, Foyle Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund.

Also a sponsored walk we held in May 2011 raised £800 towards other activities not funded by grants.

Achieving charity status in February 2011 has helped in accessing further funding.

We now have a website which is updated on a regular basis 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





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.


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