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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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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.


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.



Ormside Mill availability

Our residential centre at Ormside Mill is becoming increasingly popular and this year bookings are already coming in thick and fast.


If your club is looking to visit the mill then you will need to  get in touch asap to organise a residential for summer 2017 as there is very little availability left both at weekends and during the week especially for the main summer season.


Please contact Phil Longbottom on 01768 351131 or email to enquire about dates and to book.


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.


A unique opportunity for young adults (20‐32 years old):

Resident in Cumbria or North Lancashire

Working or volunteering for a local charity or social enterprise
With an ambition to become a community leader
To gain:
Residential leadership training

A personal mentor
Diverse work experience and site visits
A unique network within the voluntary sector in Cumbria &
North Lancashire
16 taught university modules over 3 years
All of which leads to a BSc (Hons) in Social Enterprise Leadership.


For further information please see the link below.


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Princes Trust Team Programme Morecambe

We are currently in the process of recruiting unemployed 16-25 year olds for our Prince’s Trust 12 week programme run by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service which starts Monday 13th February 2017.


Our last team was very successful and the following details shows how much the young people have achieved in such a short amount of time with us.


  •  4 young people gained employment during the course
  •  An additional young person gained employment the week after the course finished
  • 1 young person will be returning to education
  • 2 young people secured volunteering placements that are relevant to their employment goals
  •  Every young person assessed showed improvement in their literacy and numeracy levels
  •  Every young person said they would recommend the course to a friend

As you are all aware, the success of the Prince’s Trust programme for the past 20 years at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service would not have been possible without your help in referring young people to our service.

If you work with any young people who you think would benefit from taking part in our programme, you can contact Paula Winder on Office: (01524) 413358 or Mobile: 07799114688 or email


Please feel free to pass this information on.


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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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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.


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 Cross Country

NABGC are running the annual Cross Country Challenge

This event will be taking place on 
Saturday 18/02/17
@ Stubbers Adventure Centre Upminster, RM14 2TY
Registration: 10.45-11.30am
U15 & U17 AGE GROUPS (age at 1st September 2016) Only £1 per runner

FOR BOOKINGS & INFO: Please contact Victoria on 01524 65106 or email

Closing Date for Entries: 10/02/17

National and EBGC County Awards are presented on the day. 

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 please contact Victoria Muir on 01524 65106 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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Street Games National Conference

This year's StreetGames conference will be taking place on 5th & 6th April 2017 at Warwick University Coventry, CV4 7A .


This promises to be one of our best ever conferences, and the recent addition of Judy Murray to the programme will be a major draw. Full information is available via the link below but please call me if you have any questions about the event. 


At the conference we will be celebrating and rewarding the impact that projects and individuals within the StreetGames network are having on the lives of disadvantaged young people. This year's award categories include: -

• Young Coach of the Year
• Coach of the Year
• Volunteer of the Year
• Fundraising for the Future Award
• Doorstep Sport Engagement Award
• Us Girls Project of the Year
• The Matt Kendall Award
• Sport for Good
• Project of the Year
• Parklives with StreetGames Project of the Year


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Safer Internet Day 2017

With only two weeks to go, here at the UK Safer Internet Centre we are looking ahead to Safer Internet Day 2017 which will bring people together across the world to celebrate the positive power of the internet.


Under the global theme of 'Be the Change: Unite for a better internet', here in the UK we are exploring the power of image - both for positive and negative - in digital youth culture.


If you visit our website you can download educational packs, register as a Safer Internet Day supporter and champion the positive use of digital technology, you can even take our quiz to see how internet savvy you are?!


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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 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!  



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 


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