What's Happening

Congratulations to Duddon Canoe Club

Congratulations to Duddon Canoe Club on being awarded Paddle-Ability status by British Canoeing.

For more info about this Award, visit here.

New winter training times for Furness Flames netball

Cumbria Sports Awards 2014

Nominations Open Monday 29 September until Midnight on Friday 17 October

Cumbria Sports Awards takes place on Friday 28 November at The Low Wood Bay Resort Hotel Bowness

Dates for our own Sports Awards wil be announced shortly

Have a Bash Sunday Evening Indoor Cricket Competition

Indoor 7 a side cricket competition at Furness College  Sunday evenings 4pm to 8pm

Starting Sunday 5 October

Between 7 and 10 weeks, depending on the number of teams.

12 overs a side.  No kit needed.  Ideal for businesses or workplace teams.  Beginners and ex players welcome.
Prize for the winner - box at an England International

Just £100 per team.  This includes hall and equipemnt hire and match fee - no additional costs

To enter or for more info, contact Paul Hindmarch on 07894283770 or by email

Also, sponsor needed for this exciting competition.  Contact Paul for more info.


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.



Cumbria Bowl 2014

Walney Terriers v Carlisle Sentinels at Craven Park.

Barrow Raiders are extremely pleased to be hosting the Cumbria Bowl American Football Tournament for 2014!

A great family event!

One of the most exciting sports to watch live, maybe this will be your 1st taster of this... adrenalin fuelled sport!!!

American Football - A game of chess, played by gladiators in full body armour!

It's gonna be a great day!

This is an annual events, let give it our support!

Volunteer Opportunity Furness Wildcats Wheelchair Sports Club

On Mondays we have a really successful Wheelchair Sports Club at Hoops Basketball Centre for young people with a disability.

We need help putting the wheelchairs together every week before the session; help supporting the young people to play various sports; and help taking the chairs apart again and putting them back in storage.
It's rewarding and good fun!  It's great experience for any students who hope to work with young people, people with disabilities or in sport. Volunteers would be required from 5pm till 6:45 pm.  The chairs need to be assembled ready for use from 5:30pm.

We have had lots of volunteers in the last few years, however most of them have moved on to attend university so we need some more help. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Charlotte on 01229 407319 or Nicola on 07776348687 - alternatively just turn up at Hoops. 

The sessions are every Monday in term time from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. 

We shall be returning after the Summer break on Monday 22 September. 

If you want to help, you would need to complete a DBS (formerly CRB).

Rugby League Coach Mentors for Cumbria

Do you have the skills to support the development of coaches?

The RFL is looking for mentors who can help develop coaches working with Players aged U13 and U14. The aim of this is not just to help coaches help players develop but also to focus on developing the skills and practices that encourage the retention of players.

About you

Ideally you will have a Level 2 or above coaching qualification, but this does not have to be in rugby league. You should however have experience of coaching players aged 12-16 and feel you have knowledge and skills you could share with others. Previous experience of supporting, developing and or mentoring others would be an advantage.

You will be required to: • Attend a mentor induction event in Cumbria in September 2014 • Support a minimum of 2 coaching teams by engaging in a minimum of 4 sessions with each coaching team. This would include supporting planning, observing and providing feedback on sessions and reviewing a coaching training needs analysis. • Maintain accurate records of the support provided

In Return

You will receive an honorarium payment of £150 per coaching team

Appointments will be made subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Applicants should send their current CV plus a supporting letter to Alan Davidson, The RFL, Red Hall, Red Hall Lane, Leeds LS17 8NB, before Monday 25th August 2014, alternatively e-mail the required information to Alan Davidson by email. Please state region your application is for.

If you are an applicant with disability who meets the essential requirements of the role we will interview you. We would be pleased to receive applications in alternative formats. The RFL is committed to equality through diversity.

Furness Rovers - new players welcome

Furness Rovers – New Players for U12s Team
Furness Rovers are looking for U12 players (year 7).
Furness Rovers want to start a new U12 team to enter the league in September. 
If you would like to play football please contact Dave Bolland on 07702 073 369
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.

Active Kids Training

Riding for the Disabled Sponsored ride Sunday 28 September

Closing date for entries 16 September

RDA, nationally provides therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK
The Furness group gives local children with various disabilities the opportunity to enjoy learning to ride with great benefits in terms of confidence building, improved coordination & physical strength.
Plus lots of fun!

A sponsored ride by able bodied riders through Holker estate provides one of our major sources of income. The minor roads & the permissive paths on the estate will be in use during the weekend of the 28 September.  We hope that motorists & pedestrian users can be cautious but nevertheless enjoy the sight of up to 100 horses passing through the estate from 10am onwards.

For more details including an application form, visit the Furness RDA website

Badminton England free training and paid work opportunities

SmashUp! is Badminton England’s perception changing, innovative youth badminton initiative, aimed at inspiring 13-16 year olds of all sporting ability to swing a racket for fun. With a modern ‘mashed up’ mix of big hitting badminton challenges, mates, music playlists and bold court branding, sociable SmashUp! sessions are ready to go in over 200 secondary schools across the North of England.

They are running a Free SmashUp! Activator training course in Kendal this September:
Sunday the 14th September
Kendal Leisure Centre, Burton Road, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 7HX 10am-2pm

Priority will be given to candidates who can commit to delivering at least one of the following sessions for twelve weeks starting this September and will be paid £15/hr:

Cartmel Priory CE School Grange-over-Sands LA11 7SA Mondays after school
Chetwynde School Barrow-In-Furness LA13 0NY Thursdays 1-2pm
Dallam School Academy Milnthorpe LA7 7DD Fridays 3.30-4.30pm
Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Kirkby Stephen CA17 4HA TBC
Queen Katherine School Kendal LA9 6PJ Thursdays 12.30-1.15pm
Samuel Kings School Alston CA9 3QU Mon 3.30-4.30pm
The Lakes School Windermere LA23 1HW Fridays 3.15-4.15pm
Ulverston Victoria High School Ulverston LA12 0EB Fridays 3.30-4.30
Lancaster Girls Grammar School Lancaster LA1 1SF Monday or Tuesday 12.30pm

However if you are unable to deliver any of the above please still get in touch as there is likely to be further opportunities to also deliver smash up at other venues in the near future.

Candidates should be enthusiastic and passionate about sport however badminton experience is not a necessity. All candidates will be required to complete a DBS check & safeguarding course before delivering.
But that’s not all! All successful candidates will also be eligible to receive 50% funding towards a place on our UKCC Level One Badminton Coaching Course to be held in Cumbria in 2015.

LIMITED SPACES ARE AVAILABLE therefore if you would like further info or would like to attend this training day please get in touch with Leah Singleton asap! Leah Singleton, Workforce Officer (North West & North East), 07725 413874

Walk Leader Training Day

Tuesday 9 September 2014 10am-3.15pm at Cumbria CVS, Lesser Kings Hall, 57-59 Hartington Street, Barrow.

The training is for people who would like to give their time either to lead the Walking for Health walks, coordinated by the Ramblers, or to assist as a backup leader.  Introduction with four learning sessions and a practice walk, finishing around 3.15pm. 

The training is free, but attendees would be expected to bring their own lunch.

For further information and an application form please contact Richard Scott on 0751 984 9564 or by email

Barrow Boys under 14s

We recently awarded a grant to the local Rugby League Service Area for their new under 14s team.  Good luck lads!

Sports Coach opportunity

Furness Rovers Football for 5 to 7 year olds

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.

6 Steps to Successful Funding

A three day course for community groups in the Barrow-in-Furness area to help plan, fund, deliver and sustain successful projects

10, 17 and 24 September
Hindpool Neighbourhood Management Offices
242-244 Dalton Road
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1PN
Feedback we receive from funders highlights the common mistakes people make when applying for funding which reduce their chances of being successful. However, even if you are getting the basics right, in the face of growing competition funders are increasingly having to turn down some really good projects, based on the quality of the application. It is not enough to write a few words explaining what you want the money for and make sure the application arrives on time!
This course will increase your chances of being the person that opens that letter starting ‘Congratulations, we would like to award you...’.
We will be looking at the  nuts and bolts of what is needed to successfully raise funds for a project or an organisation; the stages you need to go through to plan and prepare before starting to fundraise; how to write quality applications; and the project monitoring and evaluation systems you will need to show are in place.  
Day 1 – Wednesday 10 September – Planning Projects
Day 2 – Wednesday 17 September – Fundraising / Writing Applications
Day 3 – Wednesday 24 September – Running / Monitoring / Evaluating Projects
It is essential that delegates attend all three sessions.
Book now for the early bird discount
£45 for Cumbria CVS member organisations
£90 for non-member organisations
Book by 22 August to qualify for this discounted rate.
Book online here

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

Barrow Fit Club

Barrow FitClub is a great way to get fit, healthy and learn about good nutrition.  Meet at the band stand in Barrow Park every Wednesday at 6pm.  £3

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.

Furness Firecrackers

We recently gave a grant of £1,250 to Furness Firecrackers for safety helmets.  Below are pictures of 2 of the Firecrackers teams.

Back to Netball now on Wednesdays

Haven't played netball since you left school?  Would like to play to keep fit but without the commitment of joining a team?

Back to Netball sessions are ideal for you!   

Wednesday evenings in term time at Hoops.  6.30pm to 7.30 pm.  £3 

For more information, please contact Andrea on 07703324979 or by email


Street Soccer is back

Street Soccer with Barrow AFC Community Initiative

Free for 8 to 15 year olds

Tuesdays Pulse Soccer Centre 7pm - 8pm

Wednesdays Ormsgill Kickabout area 6pm - 7pm

Fridays Hindpool Urban Park 6pm - 7pm

No need to book, just turn up and play.  For further info ring Marc on 07955693462

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.

Go Sky Ride

Free, guided bike rides in the Lake District.  They follow scenic planned routes from the main tourist areas and are led by British Cycling ride leaders.  They’re all on quiet roads or traffic free, family friendly routes.  We had lots of people from Barrow and the wider Furness area attend the rides last year. 

Visit here for more info.

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

Sport England Inspired Facilities

As a result of feedback from previous applicants, Sport England has changed the application process for Inspired Facilities. It is now an open programme which means that you can submit your application as soon as you are ready rather than having to rush to send it in by a specific date.
Decision meetings will then take place twice a year, the first one of these will be in September 2014 when all applications received prior to the 6 June will be assessed. The second will take place in February 2015 for applications received before 3 November. Please note only one application per organisation can be considered at each decision meeting.

For more information visit the Sport England website 

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@btconnect.com

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.

GB Bootcamps & Personal Training....

Fitness, Fun & Friendship.....
Want to get fit and have fun in the great outdoors? Every session is open to any age, sex or fitness level. We train in all weather, come rain or shine. Costs are £5 per hour long Bootcamp workout. Sessions are available weekday evenings or weekends at various outdoor locations around the Barrow area.
For more info call Gareth on 07528 472213,
email on garethbrownson@sky.com
or visit our Facebook Page: GB Bootcamps

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

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

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

Rounders toolkit

Whether you just want to play for fun or get others involved in playing rounders - this toolkit will give you everything you need to know to get started.

Whether you just want to play for fun or get others involved in playing rounders - this toolkit will give you everything you need to know to get started.

Details of the 2013 Furness Women's Rounders League coming soon! 

Furness Firecrackers

Roll on up!!!

Furness Firecrackers - Roller Derby League are looking for women over 18 to help build a bout-tastic team! Roller Derby is the world's fastest growing contact sport and offers everything in terms of fitness and fun!

We train three times a week - twice on skates (quad skates) and once off-skates.

Want to know more?  Check out our Website  or drop us an email 

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