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  January 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.


Pool -the national pool championships will be taking place again on Sunday 26th February for our county round.


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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Brian Keating

Futher to the passing of Brian his partner Margaret Love would like to express her thanks to all those who sent cards and kind words, and also those who attended the funeral.

Brian will be remembered fondly as a committed volunteer and supporter of Ormside Mill and LABGC. May he rest in peace.

Club Leaders Meeting

The next leaders meeting will take place on Thursday 2nd February at the Girl Guide Headquaters in Preston.

We will have Graham Lowe as our guest speaker from Lancashire Safegurarding Childrens Board talking about e-safety. 

The session will provide an overview of Online Safety issues including risk areas, social media, online gaming, grooming, sexting, bullying and extreme content and will also provide useful information highlighting supporting areas and resources to support progression.  The session is also an opportunity for colleagues to directly shape and inform future online safety priorities across Lancashire by using their experience to highlight what areas they feel it would be useful to see future support around.


NABGC Boxing results

Congratulations to 3 of the participants from Lancashire clubs who have excelled in this competition to become champions. 


Bobby Faulkner from Sharpstyle Amateur Boxing Gym who won the NABGC Class B 52kg, a massive achievement as this is his second year on the run winning it.


Ibrahim Nadin from Bury ABC who won Class C 49kg.


Brodie Stephenson of Border City Amateur Boxing Club who won Females Class B 66kg.


A massive congratulations on becoming NABGC National Champions



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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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.

We really hope that you are able to join us, it should be great event.


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


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NABGC Inter-County 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.

I hope your organisation will enter the NABGC National Cup this year which has in the past produced many Premier League and International stars to continue the tradition of providing opportunities for young people to compete for their counties in a national competition.

Entry Fee

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 and entry forms please contact Andy Hamill on Tel No. 0161 4777735 or mobile 07962 20 55 02 or email

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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Young Addaction

Young Addaction have a referral service for all to use CRAFFT is a multi-agency tool that will enable staff, as part of any assessment process, to identify young people’s drug and alcohol use early. The idea is to ensure that the appropriate services and responses are provided

The If you feel that your club or any of your young people are in need of advice in any area of drug and alcohol use please contact our team. 


Central Office, Urban Exchange, Preston, PR1 8BQ

01772 281495

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Armed Forces Preparation Traineeship

The programme is aimed at 16-24 year olds who have an interest in joining the Armed Forces, either regular or reserve.


The programme aims to develop young people’s state of mind (character) and prepare them not only for the rigours of Military life but the working environment as a whole through embedding key values such as Courage (moral as well as physical), Discipline, Respect for Others, Integrity, Loyalty and Selfless Commitment as well as maintaining standards such as Lawfulness, Appropriate behaviour and Total Professionalism.


Our instructors have gained considerable experience in the Armed Forces and will guide trainees through a progressive fitness programme as well as working towards the above qualifications all set in a disciplined military style setting and fashion supported by colleagues from the regular and reserve forces who provide expert IAG and work experience opportunities.

Potential Trainees can visit the centre for more information, contact us by telephone 07398227681 or email

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Dance taster classses

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. 


Groups will explore dance by learning new moves and creating exciting combinations. Throughout the session your members will work in small groups to learn a short routine and perform this at the end. This session helps to discover inner creativity and imagination to create group positions to personalize their routine.


This taster session is the prefect 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
Book now to avoid disappointment!  



Sports2Go Activities in 2017

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

Look no further than our own 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

TrailBlazers at LABGC

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, to give you more details.


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