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  February 2017



Junk to Funk

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.

Junk to Funk -can you turn trash into an outfit fit for the catwalk.The aim of this exciting Junk to Funk challenge is to design and create an outfit from recycled materials e.g. newspapers, bin bags, egg boxes juice cartons. No recycled clothing! Clubs have a period of 9 weeks to plan and design their outfit which will be showcased to a panel of judges.

Within the showcase groups should show their original research, plans and designs to demonstrate how they came to the final design.


Judging Criteria will include: 

• Creativity,
• Design Process e.g. sketches,
• Production,
• Overall appearance of outfit.


** Winners will receive a FREE session **


For full details please see the link below



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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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Highest, Longest, Darkest Challenge

Are you brave enough to join us for our brand new residential challenge, Highest, Longest, Darkest, which will be held at Ormside Mill Residential Centre 


The event will take place from Monday 3rd April – Friday 7th April 2017

The required age to attend this exciting opportunity is 15 – 21 years which reflects the nature of the week which is going to be a fully committing and challenging big days.


We will be climbing Scarfell Pike Englands highest peak, Paddelling lake Windemere Englands longest lake and descending into the darkest depths of Nent Head Mines. The cost of this trip is £60 per person, for more information please contact Andy on 01524 65106 or email


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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 Job vacancy

Our residential centre at Ormside Mill has a vacancy for a full time Instructor.


JOB TITLE:  Full time instructor

SALARY: £18-20k per year (+ training)

HOURS: 38 hrs per week. The nature of this post makes it inevitable that the working week is often made up of long and irregular hours including, evenings, weekends and overnight duties.

DURATION:Permanent (Subject to 6 month review)

LOCATION:Ormside Mill

HOLIDAYS: 22 days plus 8 days bank holiday


For further information please see the link below


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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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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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Legacy and In Memoriam Training

We will be holding a Legacy and In Memoriam Fundraising course in Bolton on Wednesday 29th March 2017, from 9.30pm to 4pm, at the Friends Meeting House, Silverwell Street, Bolton, BL1 1PP


It is facilitated by Gareth Edwards, who was a face to face legacy officer for several years and trained by Sebastian Wilberforce, the author of the DSC book on the subject. 


We have kept the price to £99 plus VAT, the same course price as we charged in 2003.  Lunch is not included but you can bring your own and there are plenty of places nearby.  Tea, coffee and biscuits and a full course handbook are included.

For full details and to book a place please see the link below or email


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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

University of Cumbria, Seminar on Gender, Young People and Education: Current Issues

The University of Cumbria’s Youth and Community Work Team and Child and Family Team come together with Brathay Trust to present a stimulating and engaging seminar series.


To mark and celebrate International Women’s Day the next Seminar will explore Gender, Young
People and Education: Current Issues led by:
Professor Carolyn Jackson, Department of Educational Research, University of Lancaster. 


Date: 7th March 2017

Venue: AXB006 at the University of Cumbria Lancaster Campus
Time: from 5.30 to 7.30 pm

The event is free of charge and there will be light refreshments on arrival.  For further information and to book a place please follow the link below.


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