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  February 2017



Upcoming events

We are looking to bring some exciting new challenges and events your way this year, so keep an eye on our facebook page to see whats happening as well as our newsletter.

As part of the programme of events for 2017 clubs can get involved in various activities thoughout the year. Here are a few we have planned:


Junk to Funk -can you turn trash into an outfit fit for the catwalk.


Highest,Longest,Darkest - can you brave paddling the length of Windemere, climbing the heights of Scarfell Pike and descending into the depths of Nenthead Mines from Ormside Mill.


10 Minute Take Over - Simple challenges set throughout the year that can earn points for your club, you can see our first challenge via the link below if you want to get on the leader board.


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10 Minute Takeover Challenges

To start the new year we are introducing the 10 Minute Takeover Challenge #10TO A series of fun challenges throughout the year you can do in your clubs or on sessions/visits by LABGC staff.

Here are the rules:


1. To be videoed & completed in your own clubs or with LABGC staff on sessions or visits.
2. Post your videos on LABGC Facebook page with #10TO
3. Clubs will be given 10 points for entering a challenge.
4. There will be a new 10 Minute Takeover Challenge posted each month along with a league table.
5. Have Fun!


The first challenge for you is our smarties challenge, how many smarties can you move with a straw in 60 seconds? See our facebook page via the link below for the full rules and video.


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Us Girls Rocks Festival

To mark the celebration of International Women's Day there will be an Us Girls Rocks Festival taking place in the 2016 European City of Sport, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday 11th March, 12-4pm.

Organised in conjunction with Stoke-on-Trent City Council, and hosted at Fenton Manor Sports Complex, the event will feature various activities for females aged 14+


Us Girls Champion and Inline Skater Jenna Downing will be there doing a demonstration and a Rolla Fitness session, plus there will be loads of traditional and non-traditional sport and fitness sessions running alongside an exciting range of other activities such as beauty treatments and lifestyle advice.


Lancashire Boys & Girls Clubs are looking to run a minibus (minimum 12 places required to run) to this event at a cost of just £3 per person with pick-ups along the way.


Contact Andy @ LABGC to book a place or follow links for flyer and registration form.


Building Better Opportunites

Building Better Opportunities - Invest in Youth

This is a new project that will support young people who are aged 15-24 and who are unemployed or economically inactive and not engaged in study.


To deliver this programme Selnet have formed a partnership of 45 mostly community, voluntary and social enterprise sector organisations across Lancashire who will work directly with each participant providing a range of guidance and information.


LABGC will be taking referrals for this programme from clubs and individuals across Lancashire and we will be working directly with 4 young people a year offering additional support and training. Our direct partners on this project are Rathbones and Barnardos who will provide one to one support, for young people addressing a range of often complex barriers that are specific to this age group. 


If you know someone who is aged 15-24 and who might benefit from Invest in Youth, then please contact Lou Andrews at LABGC for further information and help on 01524 65106 or email


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Dance taster sessions and classes

If you are looking to offer something new to your club then Louise could have the answer. This one off dance session give’s your members the opportunity to try dance in a fun and enjoyable environment.


This taster session is the perfect stepping stone to our three and five week courses which further explore dance and hip hop.


This session will be 2 hours long and will be delivered within your desired location. Time and dates are flexible to suit your club and this can be further discussed upon your enquiry. Cost per session is £30

For further information and bookings contact us on 01524 65106 or email or

Book now to avoid disappointment!


Sports 2 Go Activities

Looking for fun, healthy activities to challenge young peple at your club?

Look no further than Sports2Go!


We offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities which young people can get involved with. These include favourites such as pillow bashing and 'the cube' to many others including archery, dance classes and a wide variety of sports (including football, volleyball, soft tennis and many others).


These activities are all led by our own fully-qualified and experienced members of staff


For more information or to book an activity please contact us on 01524 65106 or email


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TrailBlazers is our mountain bike programme. We offer a two session course, which comprises of basic bike checks and skill development which can be delivered at your club. This is followed by a trail riding session at Gisburn Forest which further develops the skills learnt in the first session.

LABGC supplies all the mountain bikes and relevant technical equipment for this activity but requires two support workers to be present.


If you are interested in booking TrailBlazers, contact Victoria on 01524 65106 or by email


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Ormside Mill Volunteer Weekend

Our residential centre at Ormside Mill is having a volunteer weekend from 27th Feb-1st March 2017


During this time we will mainly building a path and parking area at the mill, all volunteers would be most welcome to come andhelp with this and any other jobs that need doing. Accommodation and meals can be provided, depending on uptake. People could come for 1 day, 1 hour, 3 days, whatever time you can spare we would appreciate.


Please contact Phil Longbottom on 01768 351131 or email to enquire about accommodation if needed and to arrange final details if you can offer a helping hand.


NABGC National Conference

The NABGC National Conference will be taking place on

Saturday 18th March 2017 at Salford Lads Club.

Places can be booked via Eventbrite at the link below

The event is for both county staff and club leaders / volunteers etc so please promote through your club networks.


Places are limited so please book early so that you don’t miss out.

You do not need to book through LABGC to attend this event but could you please let us know if you are attending, also several elements of the conference are around issues that were raised in our training audit.


For more information contact, Andy Hamill 0161 477 77353 or Lisa Barker 01159 705 405


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America Challenge 2017

Open exclusively to NABGC & EBGC Young Leaders aged 18-25 this trip will be taking place in September 2017


This is a very exciting opportunity for young leaders to spend 3.5 weeks exploring the Great Smoky Mountains and working with Boys and Girls Clubs of America. There will be a compulsory training and selection wekend in May 2017, all final dates tbc.


Limited places are available for young people nominated by an affiliated Club leader.


To request a nomination form please contact Aimee at Essex BGC on


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NABGC Football Tournament

We are delighted to be able to announce that NABGC are organising the National U16 11-a-side Football Tournament for this season 2017.


It will take place Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April 2017.


The entry fee is £100 per team. This is to go towards off setting the cost of referee expenses for the tournament.  Please forward a Cheque to the amount of £100 made payable to NABGC and forwarded with your entry form to the National Association OF Boys & Girls Clubs, Woodlands, 128, Reddish Road, Stockport. SK5 7JG.


For more information please contact Victoria Muir on 01524 65106 or email



Aspiring Leaders Programme

A unique opportunity to develop into a Community Leader


The Aspiring Leaders Programme (ALP) was created in 2011 to develop leadership potential within our local communities. Brathay Trust, in partnership with the University of Cumbria and Common Purpose, have successfully delivered two ALP programmes, with ALP3 now scheduled to run from 2017‐2020.


This is a once in a lifetime chance for the leaders of tomorrow to develop with funding from the Francis C Scott Charitable Trust (FCSCT) covering most of the costs involved.


For further information please see the link below.


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Sainsbury’s Inclusive Community Training Opportunity

The Sainsbury’s Active Kids for All Inclusive Community Training is a Paralympic initiative aimed at those who work in the community to improve their skills, know-how and confidence in delivering sports-based activities to disabled people.


The training consists of a 3 hour practical workshop and is supported by an eLearning module which takes around 45 minutes to complete. The training is aimed at those who work in the community including volunteers, community groups, healthcare workers, parents and carers..

It is to be held on Sunday 5th March 2017, 1:30pm-4:30pm at Blackburn Youth Zone.

To book your place(s) on the course, please follow the Eventbrite link and follow the simple process.


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You've been invited to the Dukes 2017 Youth Theatre Festival

We are delighted to invite your youth theatre group to our Dukes Youth Theatre Festival on Friday, 7th April 2017.


Building on the success of our 2016 invitational, the Dukes Young Ambassadors are inviting youth groups from every corner of Lancashire, to a wonderful day of workshops, performance and mingling. 


Groups will explore a variety of artistic mediums such as stage combat and audition technique, will see performances by local artists and take part in discussions with industry professionals about future career steps in the creative sector.


We’re running this event for young people aged 14 + with the aim to motivate and further develop their interest in an artistic career.
The day will run from 9.30am – 5.00pm.

The event is completely free to attend, however places are limited and there is therefore no guarantee of a place. To book a place for your group please conatct Vicky Fletcher at The Dukes via email

Street Games Fit and Fed Campaign Funding WeWorkshop

Streetgames will be holding a funding workshop on Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9.30 to 12.00noon Warrington Wolves Stadium, Winwick Road, Warrington, WA2 7NE.


We are staging a 3 hour clinic for projects  that would like to submit a small grant application to deliver the new ‘Fit and Fed’ programme in 2017. We will provide detailed advice and information to enable you to submit a small grant application to ‘Sport England Small Grants’ or ‘Big Lottery Fund Awards for All’. If you wish to apply to a different small grant funder, we will also be able to help you with that. For more information about ‘Fit and Fed’ please go to:


The book a place at the workshop please use the link below:


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