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  March 2017



Quadsquad and Turfsurfers

As you know Quadsquad has not operated in 2016 at Forrest Hills due to the land being bought by Lancaster University and the Red Tape that ensued. The delivery of Turfsurfers moved temporarily to Waddow Hall, with the view that it would move back to Forrest Hills once it was all sorted.


Despite several meetings, attempts at communication, production of documents, policies and procedures, moving kit from one place to another and a formal request from us to get a definitive answer from the University by end Jan 2017 we are still no further forward.

With the uncertain future of Quadsquad in mind Leon Dove (Quadsquad Instructor) has reluctantly resigned from his position with LABGC.


This means that unfortunately both Quads and Turfsurfers will no longer be available as activities for clubs to book. We are very sorry that it has come to this and to have made this decision as we know these were both enjoyable activities for our clubs.


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 completed in your own clubs or with LABGC staff on sessions or visits.
2. Post your scores/pictures/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 7-8 weeks along with a league table.
5. Have Fun!


Thanks to all who entered the Smarties challenge this has now ended and a new challenge will be launched later today. For the final Smarties leader board please see our facebook page.


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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 - only 2 places left so book now!


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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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 Table Tennis Tournament

The NABGC Table Tennis Tournament will be taking place on Saturday 8th July 2017 at Deans Sport and Leisure at Lincoln College, Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5HQ


With many of our participants being champions in their own right, we are going to have a fantastic day of table tennis and meeting many other young people and volunteers from around the UK.


Participants must register at the Reception Desk by 10.30am, the cost is £7 per entry.The finals are scheduled to start at 11.00am.


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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UCLan’s Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership Annual Awards.

Do you have an Exceptional Volunteering Team or an Outstanding Volunteer within your organisation?

If you do now is the time to nominate them for an award at UCLan’s Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership Annual Awards.

This year the awards will be held on the 24th May 2017 at Venue 53 (Formally 53 Degrees) UCLan, where we will spend the evening celebrating the volunteering carried out by Staff, Students and Citizens in their local community.

If there is a person or team that you wish to nominate, please complete an application form and return to us by the 27th March 2017.


For further information or for an application form please contact Victoria on 01524 65106 or email


Don’t use you mobile phone when driving – the message is clear

LANCASHIRE Constabulary is supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a mobile phone behind the wheel and the tough new penalties for those who flout the law.


From  Wednesday 1 March 2017, new legislation came into effect that means motorists who are caught using a mobile whilst driving will receive six points on their licence and a £200 fine, doubling the previous punishment.


In support of the tougher national stance, the constabulary will no longer offer education courses to drivers caught using their phone as an alternative to a fine and points. Those caught will automatically be issued with a penalty notice or be reported to court, depending on the circumstances of the offence.


For new drivers (within two years of passing their test) this could mean automatically losing their licence and having to re-apply for a provisional and re-take their driving test. Safety camera vans will be deployed to areas where complaints have been received such as outside schools and on major trunk roads, and the camera technicians will be able to capture evidence of offences.


Marked and un-marked police vehicles will be used to identify possible offenders, checkpoints with observation areas on the approach will be implemented across the county and officers will be responding to complaints about persistent offenders. For more information please see the link below.


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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

Job opportunities with Selnet

Would you like to join Selnet on it's Building Better Opportunities project? If so the following positions have become available:


Monitoring Officer


Further to approval of a funding for two Building Better Opportunities (BBO) projects, Selnet are looking to recruit a Monitoring Officer. The Building Better Opportunities projects are multi-partner projects that aim to support those most at risk of exclusion from the labour market. The projects aim to identify, reduce and/or remove barriers to employment for participants. For full details please follow the link below.




The Building Better Opportunities projects for Lancashire aim to support those most at risk of exclusion from the labour market and identify, reduce and/or remove barriers to engagement and employment for participants. This role will undertake the administrative duties within the delivery of these projects which are Lancashire wide, working closely with the BBO team at Selnet. For full details please follow the link below.


Police and Crime Commissioner appoints new Chief Constable

Current Deputy Chief Constable Andy Rhodes has been appointed to the position of Chief Constable he will take up the post in June following the retirement of the current Chief Constable Steve Finnigan.


Mr Rhodes said the appointment was the biggest moment of his professional life and said: “The process over the last two days has been extremely tense, and quite rightly so. This is the proudest moment of my career. “It’s a challenging and exciting role and I cannot wait to get started.” 


Mr Finnigan said: “I am absolutely delighted that Andy Rhodes will be the next Chief Constable of Lancashire Constabulary following my retirement in June. He has a long and proud record serving in Lancashire, and most recently has been an outstanding Deputy Chief Constable in this force. He also has an enviable national profile for the work he does with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the College of Policing.


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