What's Happening

Go canoeing at Duddon Canoe Club

Go Canoeing starter sessions at Duddon Canoe Club, Cavendish Dock Tuesday 28 July and Tuesday 4 August 6pm to 7.30pm 1 each Bring all the family (age 7 and above) No need to book, just turn up. For more info contact John Sherwen on 462905 or email johnsherwen@hotmail.com

Apprentice required for junior school

The children, staff and governing body of St James’ Junior School in partnership with the Lancashire FA are looking to appoint a skilled, enthusiastic and highly motivated apprentice who will be a role model for our children. Are you aged 16-18?  This could be the role for you.

Read more here

Raiders AGM

 Nominations are invited from debenture holders and season ticket holders (defined as those individuals holding a fully paid season ticket for the 2015 season) for Directors of the company. Prescribed nomination forms are now available upon request from the Club Secretary at BRLFC 78 Scott Street Barrow-in-Furness.
 Completed nomination forms must be logged with the Club Secretary at the above address no later than 12 noon on Thursday 30th July 2015.


 K.S. Heighton
 Club Secretary

Barrow AFC Community Sports Manager

Barrow AFC Community Sports Manager Position
Application deadline extended to 31 July

Barrow AFC is extremely proud of their Community and Education programme and we are looking to appoint the right individual to lead and expand this important area of work.

The post holder will report to the general manager. The right candidate will have experience in community and/ or an educational background.  We are looking for someone with a clear commitment to Barrow’s stated aims and proven track record.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in the following areas:

    Successfully securing and managing funding bids
    Managing staff and volunteers.
    Education and Community engagement work.
    Able to develop strategic plans.

For details of salary, a full job description and a personal specification email office@barrowafc.com

If you do not have access to email you can request details by telephoning the club office on 01229 823061

Application Process

Applicants should send a covering letter outlining how they believe that they meet the job and personal specification. Submit a full CV to the club office by 31 July 2015.

Get on track walks

Thursday 13 August Kents Bank Station-MiddleFell-Charney Well-Hampsfell & Hampsfell Hotel-Grange Station, walk starts at 10.50am, departs from Barrow Station 10.09am.

Super Summer Sunday at the Park

Come along to our Super Summer Sunday, 9th August 12-4 and see what your local leisure centre has to offer. We have a wide range of free actives for all ages including #ParkPirate Playtime in our Pirate Cove Splash Zone, Soft Play, Swimming, Kids Gym Sessions, Dance Mats, Spinning and many more.
We also have Barrow's own Mayoress here for the grand opening of the Pirate Cove Splash Zone and she has agreed to be dunked in the splash zone. To celebrate the launch of the Pirate Cove and our love of all things Pirate we are also running a best dressed pirate competition and raffle.
In addition to this we are also hosting a charity Zumbathon in our sports hall and 100% of funds raised will be going to the Rotary Club of Furness, The MS Society Furness Branch, Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Furness Oncology Unit. If you would like to sign up and dance for charity then please see our Facebook page for more details.

Bluebirds fixtures

Saturday 8 August        Barrow v Dover Athletic
Tuesday 11 August        Grimsby Town v Barrow
Saturday 15 August         Forest Green Rovers v Barrow
Tuesday 18 August         Barrow v Guiseley
Saturday 22 August         Cheltenham Town v Barrow
Saturday 29 August         Barrow v Southport
Monday 31 August         FC Halifax Town v Barrow (3pm kick-off)

Saturday 5 September        Barrow v Eastleigh
Saturday 12 September        Braintree Town v Barrow
Tuesday 15 September        Barrow v Lincoln City
Saturday 19 September        Barrow v Aldershot Town
Tuesday 22 September        Macclesfield Town v Barrow
Saturday 26 September        Barrow v Kidderminster Harriers (2pm kick-off)

Saturday 3 October         Altrincham v Barrow
Tuesday 6 October         Barrow v Chester
Saturday 10 October         Bromley v Barrow
Tuesday 13 October         Tranmere Rovers v Barrow
Saturday 17 October         Barrow v Welling United
Saturday 24 October         FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
Saturday 31 October         Wrexham v Barrow

Saturday 7 November         FA Cup First Round
Tuesday 10 November        Barrow v Grimsby Town
Saturday 14 November        Barrow v Torquay United
Saturday 21 November        Dover Athletic v Barrow
Tuesday 24 November        Guiseley v Barrow
Saturday 28 November        Barrow v Woking

Saturday 5 December         Barrow v Boreham Wood (FA Cup Second Round)
Saturday 12 December        FA Trophy First Round
Saturday 19 December        Lincoln City v Barrow
Saturday 26 December        Barrow v Gateshead
Monday 28 December         Southport v Barrow (3pm kick-off)

Saturday 2 January          Gateshead v Barrow
Saturday 9 January          Barrow v Tranmere Rovers (FA Cup Third Round)
Saturday 16 January          FA Trophy Second Round
Saturday 23 January          Welling United v Barrow
Saturday 30 January          Woking v Barrow

Saturday 6 February         Barrow v Cheltenham Town (FA Trophy Third Round)
Saturday 13 February         Eastleigh v Barrow
Saturday 20 February         Barrow v Braintree Town
Saturday 27 February         Barrow v Forest Green Rovers (FA Trophy Fourth Round)

Saturday 5 March            Boreham Wood v Barrow
Saturday 12 March        Barrow v Altrincham (FA Trophy Semi-Final)
Saturday 19 March        Barrow v Bromley (FA Trophy Semi-Final)
Saturday 26 March        Chester v Barrow
Monday 28 March        Barrow v FC Halifax Town

Saturday 2 April            Aldershot Town v Barrow (4pm kick-off)
Saturday 9 April            Barrow v Macclesfield Town
Saturday 16 April            Kidderminster Harriers v Barrow
Saturday 23 April            Torquay United v Barrow
Saturday 30 April            Barrow v Wrexham

Islands of Barrow and Furness Walking Festival

July sees the return of the annual Island of Barrow and Furness Walking Festival. 

Download a pdf of the programme here or visit Barrow Council's online calendar

Barrow AFC Community Sports Summer programme

Summer Holiday Sports (reception to year 6)

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm from 20 July to 28 August

20 July - 24 July  Football and girls football St Bernards
27 July - 31 July  Multi sport  St Bernards
3 August - 7 August Football and girls football St Bernards
10 August - 14 August Football  North Walney School
17 August - 21 August Multi sport  St Bernards
24 August - 28 August Football and girls football St Bernards

Please phone 870458 for prices and booking options or email Barrow AFC Community Sports

Barrow Island Ruby Club House Refurbishment

Barrow Island Rugby have refurbished their club house and would like to offer it to local communities to hold meetings or functions through the day at a small cost.

It has plenty of parking space, ladies toilets, men's toilets and disabled toilets also a kitchen to prepare refreshments in.
For more information contact John Jefferson on 07773617150 or by email or contact the Secretary John Clegg on 07557380297 or by email

Sale Sharks Summer Camp at Hawcoat Park

Tuesday 25 August to Thursday 27 August at Hawcoat Park

Boys and girls ages 6 to 15.

£70 for three full days of training from Sale Sharks professional coaches

For more details and booking visit here


Cycling opportunity for women and girls

British Cycling’s development programme, Go-Ride, is now providing Rider Development Sessions for Women and Girls, to help riders to build confidence and learn new cycling techniques in a relaxed and informal setting.

If you are a womens/girls group and would like to have a free session at your club/ local area, please get in touch with Tom Levers, Go-Ride Coach, North-West on 07534 281261   

There would be no session charge, bikes & helmets can be provided. The sessions can take place anywhere that is traffic free.

For more details visit the Active Cumbria website

Street Soccer

Barrow AFC Community Sports - Street Soccer

Monday Evenings Ormsgill MUGA  5pm – 6pm

Wednesday Evenings Hindpool MUGA 5pm – 6pm

Free - just turn up and have fun

Rugby League Heritage on Tour at the Dock Museum 3 June to 29 July

As well as historic memorabilia, including a player's shirt from the first-ever rugby league test match and a statue of Barrow legend Willie Horne, the exhibition tells the story of the game's split from rugby union, the first World Cup and much, much more.

This exhibition is curated by Rugby League Cares and showcases some of the objects from the Mike Stephenson Collection.

Opening Times
Wednesday to Sunday 11am - 4pm,
Last Admission 3.30pm,
Closed on Bank Holidays.

Princes Trust looking for community project

The Princes Trust is looking for a community project to support

The Princes Trust are looking for potential community projects for their team to work on.  As long as it is a community organisation or charity, Princes Trust can help. In the past they have assisted local sports clubs, community centres and schools. The team can help with painting and decorating, gardening, generally cleaning etc. The team will also raise the funds themselves!

Please contact Stuart Meredith on 07525908650 or 834291 or by email.

Festival of rugby 2015

2015 promises to be rugby’s biggest year, and from 10th June until 31st October people everywhere, regardless of where they live or what their involvement in rugby is, will be able to get involved and celebrate the game through the Festival of Rugby 2015. From concerts and carnivals to street parties and stand-up comedy, events around the UK can be part of the Festival of Rugby 2015, and it couldn’t be easier to get involved.

There will be a wide range of events taking place as part of the Festival of Rugby 2015 and as long as you can incorporate a rugby element or theme into your event, be it through food, culture, décor or hosting the event at your local rugby club, you can be part of the programme.

Whether you’re hosting an existing event, want to put on your own event, or just attend an event in your area, the Festival of Rugby 2015 is for you.  For more info visit the website

Healthy Weight grants available now

Cumbria County Council is awarding grants between £500 and £3000 to community based projects that support the healthy weight agenda.

Projects need to  

•    Increase physical activity
•    Encourage/educate people to eat a healthy diet
•    Improves access to healthy food
•    Supports individuals that are overweight and obese to lose weight
•    Build knowledge skills and capacity in the local community
•    Fulfill the community needs

If you think your organisation may be eligible, contact Alison Meadows, Cumbria County Council, Area Engagement Officer, Community Unit, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 1LG.  Telephone on 407576 or by email


Research the history of local sport

Have you ever thought about researching the history of local sport and leisure? 

At Barrow Archives and Local Studies Centre you will find a wealth of sources relating to the growth and development of sporting activities from Victorian times including football, rugby, cricket and athletics. I n our local studies library we have a variety of publications which chart the history of Barrow AFC and Rugby League as well as numerous archive collections that contain team photographs and match programmes.

Why not have a look through a photograph album belonging to the ‘The Old Barrovians’ Association’. This amazing source comprises photographs of prefects, sports teams, the choir and other recreational activities, 1944-1968. Each individual person in the photographs has been named.

This might be a useful starting point for planning a long overdue reunion!

Further details relating to Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre can be found here.


DONG Energy Commuity Fund survey

DONG Energy is considering establishing a community fund of up to £600k.  To read more about this and to submit your views, visit the Grantscape website.


Phoenix Ladies Netball

Phoenix Ladies are always on the lookout for new players – whether it be for fun, fitness or competitive play.

The squad trains on Thursdays at Furness College (from 7.30pm - 9pm) and the sessions cost £2 per session.

Anyone interested can contact Helen Nicholson by email her

Hindpool Tigers donate kit to Malawi

Thanks to Hindpool Tigers who recently donated 5 rugby kits to our Kits to Malawi Appeal.  The kit will go to one of the poorest areas on the planet. 

Hindpool Tigers Secretary Phil Cubiss and Chair Graham Shaw are seen here presenting the kit to Sports Council secretary Charlotte Whitwell.  

If you club has any spare kit for any sport, we would be happy to have them.

Takama Hara Aikido

Takama Hara Aikido
Walney Island
North Scale Community Centre
Monday & Wednesday,
Junior Classes - 6.00pm to 7.00pm (7 years and onwards)
Adult Classes - 7.10 to 8.30pm

Contact  David O'Brien by phone on 07969875099 or 01229 476465 or by  email

Or visit facebook.com/takamahara


Barrow and District Rounders League

Barrow and District Rounders League

Games are played each Tuesday evening from May to mid-July 6.30 - 8.30pm at St Bernard's School on Rating Lane, Barrow.

There are currently 17 teams playing in 2 divisions.  Teams are made up of 9+ players.  Minimum age for players is 14 years, there is no maximum age.  Weekly team fees - £18. 

Each week there are over 150 women playing rounders in the league! Some are still at school/college, some have recently left education, but most have taken up rounders again having not played since they left school. and for many that was a very long time ago! 

For details on how to enter a team in the league or information on how to join an existing team, please contact Anne Atkinson on 07500979414 or by email

Barrow parkrun

Parkrun every Saturday in Barrow Park

The free run begins at 9am at Barrow Park, meeting at the Park Pavilion at 8.45am. The Barrow parkrun is open to runners aged 8 and above, and is for club runners, occasional athletes and total beginners looking to get fit.

The fact that the run, which takes place entirely within the boundaries of Barrow Park, ends near to the café, is also a reflection of the organisers’ eagerness to try and establish a community and social atmosphere amongst the runners.

The event is not only looking for participants, it is also looking for volunteers, so the event can run smoothly and professionally. 

The event is part funded by the South Cumbria and North Lancashire Athletics Network and part of their remit is to try and get more people feeding into local athletics clubs, in Barrow’s case, Barrow and Furness Striders Athletics Club.

If you would like any further information relating to participating or volunteering, please contact stuart Wallce on 07788 273 034.



Furness Cavaliers Under 11s

Furness Cavaliers U11’s

New players wanted for next seasons Furness Cavaliers under 11 team.

If your child goes into year 6 in September and is keen to start playing football then call Andy on 07896591942 for more information.

Furness Rovers Football for 5 to 7 year olds

The junior section of Furness Rovers F.C. has a fun football session every Sunday morning from 10 to 11. Boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 7 (reception to year 2) are welcome to attend. For more details please contact Dave Bolland on 07702 073369

Barrow Island Clubs obtain lease for Cavendish Park

Congratulations to the Cavendish Park Community Sports Trust. The Trust includes representatives from sports clubs and the local community on Barrow Island.

They have just received a 30 lease to manage Cavendish Park from Barrow Borough Council.

This will give Barrow Island Juniors and Open Age Football and Marsh Hornets Rugby League Club a home of their own!

Shortly after receiving confirmation of the lease, the Trust has also obtained charitable status which will help with future funding applications.

The Trust is planning to upgrade the pitches and also upgrade the changing facilities to include community facilities. Barrow Sports Council is happy to be helping in this process. 

Islander Dance Troup

Islanders are looking for girls and boys from as young as “Walking” to 7 years old, to join in their fun class.

For more information, contact Joanne Leach


Do you want to be a rugby referee?

Barrow and District Referees Society
Have you ever wanted to become a rugby referee?  Now is your chance!
We are looking to recruit a new generation of referees at all age levels and we are looking for ex-players, spectators and young personnel who want to give it a go.  We are also looking for 14, 15 and 16 year olds to cover school games and personnel to qualify and cover youth games, mini-mod and thirteen aside.  Barrow and District are looking to help anyone with the ambition to will assist them to develop themselves! 
For more information contact:
Terry Barker 01229 830698
Dave Braithwaite 07793426624
Terry Bewley 01229 877658

Over 40s football

DARE Dance Classes

All classes are held at DARE Dance Studio, 104 Abbey Road next door to Duke of Edinburgh Hotel.

Mix it up MONDAYS:
4:00-4:45 Wriggle n Jiggle Infants £1.20
5:00-6:00 Jumpstart Juniors £1.20
6:00-8:00 Contemporary/Jazz Youth Dance £3.00 per class or £5 for Monday and Friday

Just for Fun FRIDAYS:
4:00-4:45 Wriggle n Jiggle Infants £1.20
5:00-6:00 Jumpstart Juniors £1.20
6:00-8:00 Youth StreetDance £3.00 per class or £5 for Monday & Friday

Call us on 833228 to book your places

Drop Zone - Active Zone

Drop Zone - Active Zone
Free sports sessions for young people aged 11 years and over.
Fully qualified sports coach and youth workers, delivering a wide range of sports activities.

Monday - Askam Community Centre 8pm - 9pm

Thursday - Dalton Drill Hall 5pm - 6pm

Friday - Furness Academy 7pm - 8pm

For further information, contact Drop Zone

Sports Coach opportunity

Modern Jive Classes

Modern jive classes held every Tuesday evening at the Soccer Bar, Wilkie Road, Barrow LA14 5UQ
Modern jive, also known as Leroc or Ceroc is best described as a cross between jive, rock & roll and salsa but perhaps a bit gentler!

Easy to learn, with no fancy footwork. Beginners welcome every week. Suits couples or singles (aged 16+)
Start 7.45pm with dancing up until 10.30pm

Cost £6 for the evening

Contact Pam on 07770 954 359  or byemail

Furness Future Flyers

Furness Future Flyers Dowdales Mondays 6.15pm - 7.45pm

Furness Future Flyers is the first British Cycling Go-Ride Cycling Club in the South Lakes.  It is a youth cycling club coaching children aged 6 - 16 years.  The club coaches all cycling disciplines including mountain biking, cyclo cross, road cycling and racing, general cycling skills etc. It is an inclusive club and encourages all children of all abilities to come have some fun on their bikes at our coaching sessions.

Weekly sessions are on Monday evenings between end March and end of September at Dowdales School.   Sessions run from 6.15pm until 7.45pm.

For further information please don't hesitate to contact the Club or call in at a session.  All new members welcome.

Hawcoat Park Rugby Union Training Sessions (Junior)

For all age group from under 10s upwards

The U10’s & U12’s will be training Monday’s at the club 6pm until 7:30pm
The U14’s will be training Monday’s at the club 7pm until 8:30pm
The U15’s will be training Friday’s at the club 6pm till 7:30pm. 
The U16’s will be training Wednesday at the club 6:30pm until 8pm.
The U17’s will be training Wednesday at the club 5pm until 6:30pm.

All players, old and new are welcome to attend any of the training sessions.
For more information contact Jason Meadows on 811856.

More kit donated to Malawi appeal

Thanks to Furness Cricket Club for the latest donation to our Malawi appeal.

If you have any full sets of kit for any sport that you don't need, let us know and we'll send them to Malawi. Thanks.

Obliterator Challenge on Sundays

Zumba at St Pauls School Hall

Parkside Panthers

Join the Parkside Panthers

A local group with an interest in running at all levels.  Friendly & fun!!!
Meet in ALDI car park - not the Park Leisure Centre

Monday 5.15pm
Tuesdays 6.15pm
Thursdays 5:45pm
Friday 4:45

And Saturdays at 2.30 from the Owl sanctuary carpark just opposite Wicks on Park Road
Everyone welcome !!!!!!!!!

Take suitable clothing including trainers and some water for a friendly run.  There are beginners, intermediates and advanced groups so they cater for those that can't run to those that have run for some time.  Find them on Facebook under Parkside Panthers.

Barrow Amateur Boxing Club

Brook Street Gym
Training times
Seniors 17yrs+ 6.30pm Monday & Wednesday & 6.45pm on a Friday
Womens 16yrs+ 5.15pm till 6.30pm Wednesdday
7yrs - 10yrs 6pm till 6.45pm Fridays
11yrs- 16yrs 5.30pm Monday


Furness Flames

Furness Flames have moved their training sessions to Barrow 6th Forum College. Sessions are 6pm to 7pm on Fridays. 

New members are welcome.  If you would like to play for this new emerging and friendly club please contact Angela Phillips on 07809706223 or by email 

The team are seen below in their new kit kindly sponsored by Barrow Borough Sports Council.

Kit for Malawi appeal (and old mobiles.....)

Over the last few years, we have been pleased to help the people of Malawi by sending them your surplus sports kit.  These have been greatly appreciated.

If you have any surplus full team strips for any sport, we would love to give them a good home in Malawi.   

So if you are getting a new strip for next season, give your old kit a good home!  If you can help, give us a ring on 407575 or 407319 or drop us an email.

Not very sporty but also useful, our visitors from Malawi would appreciate the donation of any old mobile phones.  They don't have a national telephone grid like we take for granted so mobiles are an essential way to communicate. 

Your old mobile may be embarrassingly old fashioned and uncool but don't throw it away.  Instead, drop it off for Barrow Sports Council at the Nan Tait Centre.  If that's a bit out of the way, get in touch and we'll arrange the most convenient way for us to pick it up.

The latest donation from Furness is 5 kits and 40 phones.  These are being shipped shortly.  Thanks.

Free Heartstart training at Barrow Fire Station

This free 2 hour session could give you the skills to try and save another person's life.  The course deals with:
  • general care of a casualty including the procedure for obtaining help
  • dealing with an unconscious casualty
  • giving rescue breaths
  • performing CPR
  • dealing with choking
  • dealing with serious bleeding
  • dealing with a suspected heart attack casualty
  • familiarisation of a defibrillator
To book a place for yourself or to arrange a session for your club call Barrow Fire Station on 407800 or drop them an email

Deemon Performance Academy

Professional training in Musical Theatre, Dance and Voice
The Dance Studios are also available to rent for a variety of different activities.
Deemon Dance Studio
Park Road
Barrow In Furness
LA14 4EQ
01229 830195
For further details, please contact: Emma Fawcett 07725606829
email deemonacademy@hotmail.co.uk


Come and try hockey

@ South Lakes Hockey Club
Junior Hockey Training

Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm

@ Ulverston Leisure Centre, Priory Road, Ulverston

£1.50 per week. First session free

Sticks provided. Contact Margaret Mawdsley

on 07786910388 or 01229 581918 for more details

Chair Exercise Sessions

Run by Ruth McDonald - Parish Nurse, Ida Ferguson - Physiotherapist and Helen Wallace - Physiotherapist who are all chair exercise leaders with an approved Level 2 qualification. 
Children's Centre, Greengate Street
Tuesdays 1.30 -3pm (free of charge, inc. tea/coffee)

Askam Methodist Church
Fortnightly Fridays 1 -2.30 PM (£1.50, inc. tea/coffee)

This type of exercise programme is recommended for people with limited mobility or who are chair bound  themselves.
The aims of the exercise sessions are to :
Improve posture                  
Strengthen important muscle groups
Improve performance of daily activities ( getting in/out of bath)
Promote circulation     
Promote sense of rhythm
Improve coordination and balance   
Increase daily activity level
Increase interaction with others (have fun)
Ring 07796645247 for more information