Women's rugby league is being resurrected in the Furness Area.
The women’s game locally really blossomed in the 1990s when several outstanding players were produced and many went on to win GB honours.
Interest in the sport fizzed in recent years, BUT a dedicated group of volunteers, backed by Barrow Island RL members are now looking to put that right.
They are well on their way to forming a new club, Barrow Ladies RLFC and held their first training session on Island’s Rating Lane home, under floodlights last week.
After putting out an appeal to set up a women’s team, the response has been fantastic.
The club plan to start a ladies team this year and then back-fill the age groups to enable females to continue playing after 12’s.
Barrow Ladies are appealing for help with sponsors and anyone interested in signing up or wanting more information can contact Jenny Doherty on 07881 303907.
Training is held every Tuesday at Barrow Island ARFLC – 6:30 start.
Sunday Soccer Minions (Reception Class Only) – Every Sunday
Looking to introduce your son / daughter into football for the first time? Soccer Minions Sunday sessions are a great fun way to start.
Venue: Barrow 6thForm College Sports Hall, Rating lane, Barrow.
Times: Group 1 = 12 - 1pm and Group 2 = 1 - 2pm
On every Sunday – Includes Musical football, exciting equipment used, themed dribbling games and basic development of social, technical, physical and psychological skills all using a football with a sticker reward system for positive behaviour. Only £4 for the hour session.
Email email@example.com to register your interest or fill in our online form at www.soccerminions.co.uk for more information.
Barrow Celtic Under 12s are looking for football players.
We are preparing for the new season from August 2016 when we will play 11-a-side at Under 14s in the Barrow and District Junior Football League and want to build on team progression.
If your child was 12 after 1st September 2015 and is interested in playing football and being part of a team, contact Andrew Sneesby on 07443938280
All current and new players welcome (Ages 7-15 years)
Indoor training every Sunday in April from 10:00 am till 11:30 am at Chetwynde Sports Hall. £2 per session
Outdoor training every Tuesday/Thursday 4:00pm till 5:45 at Furness Cricket Club from 3 May Onwards. £2 per session
Level 2 qualified coaches: Jake Woods - Seth Rance - Peter Lawson
Contact us on Facebook or Twitter @ FurnessCC or Telephone 01229 825339
Friday 10 June
8pm starting at St Marys Hospice, Ford Park Crescent, Ulverston
Join St Mary’s Hospice for our 10th Anniversary Walk to Remember. A ten mile walk ending at Furness Academy, Park Road, Barrow. This is the last walk of its kind for the Hospice and we aim to say au revoir in the biggest way possible. We will be welcoming a new event next year so watch this space!
A full programme of monthly 2-3 hour walks on the first or second Thursday of each month. Each walk has been mapped out using every station between Grange and Millom.
The walks are about 5 miles, taking up to 3 hours, and can be over rough ground - occasionally very wet underfoot. Most walks end in the vicinity of an agreeable place to eat and drink. New walkers will be made very welcome.
Thursday 14 April Cark-Cartmel-Holker Hall-Cark
Thursday 5 May Silecroft-Black Combe-Silecroft
Thursday 12 May Ulverston-Conishead-Ulverston
Thursday 2 June Stavely-Reston Scar-Staveley
Thursday 9 June Barrow-Sandscale-Abbey-Roose
Thursday 7 July Morcambe-Canal-Carnforth
Thursday 14 July Kents Bank-Middle Fell-Hampsfel-Hampsfell House-Grange
Thursday 11 August Askam-Dunnerholme-Kirkby-Foxfield
Thursday 8 September Dalton-Abbey-Roose-Barrow
Thursday 13 October Arnside-Arnside Knott-Arnside
Thursday 10 November Ulverston-Urswick-Dalton
Thursday 8 December Foxfield-old railway-Broughton-Foxfield
The first named is the station where the walk begins, the last named where it ends. Assuming the timetable does not change, the walk start time coincides with the arrival of the 10.10am train from Barrow.
Any enquiries to Richard Scott by email or ring 07519849564
Are you passionate about the difference that sport and physical activity can make to communities across Cumbria? Do you have a range of skills that could proactively support the work of Active Cumbria in their mission to get more people active across Cumbria?
Active Cumbria, the sport and physical activity partnership for Cumbria, are seeking to recruit independent representatives with experience of the commercial sector to join its Partnership Steering Group.
Active Cumbria has been in existence since 1999 and is one of 45 county sports partnerships across England, and is part of Cumbria County Council’s Health & Wellbeing Service, providing a range of programmes and services to increase participation in sport and physical activity across all parts of the County.
The Steering Group plays a key role in supporting the work of the Core Team of Officers, and independent members with experience of the commercial sector will bring high level skills from a range of backgrounds to complement the existing members, who represent a range of key partners and stakeholders.
Dr Jason Gooding, Chief Executive of Carlisle City Council, and current Chair of the Steering Group said “This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future direction of the organisation, and play a key role in supporting Active Cumbria in the next stage of their journey. We are looking for a small number of independent representatives to bring a different perspective to the work of the Steering Group. I would encourage anyone with a passion for sport and a range of high level skills to apply to get involved.”
Richard Johnston, Senior Manager (Operations) at Active Cumbria said “The Steering Group plays a pivotal role in supporting, advocating, and championing what we do at Active Cumbria; this is a fabulous opportunity to get involved in some of the great work we do across the whole of the County.”
These positions are not remunerated; however, expenses for attendance at the 4 Steering Group meetings each year can be paid.
Applications should be made via letter or email and sent to Richard Johnston, Senior Manager (Operations), Active Cumbria, The Courts, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8NA. For an informal discussion please contact Richard on 07973811204. The closing date for applications is Friday 18 March 2016.
These really popular football sessions for young children are filling up fast!
If you have a child aged between 3 and 5 and would like more information about Mini Bluebirds please ring 01229 870 458. The children love these sessions and have fun being a Mini Bluebird.
Would you like to be able to promote or deliver Physical Activity sessions within your setting?
Active Cumbria, the Sport and Physical Activity Partnership and part of Cumbria County Council’s Health & Wellbeing Service have teamed up with the award-winning social enterprise Oomph! who specialise in exercise therapy for older adults.
Oomph! will be training and supporting employees and volunteers who work with older people across Cumbria to deliver fun and interactive exercise and activity classes in a variety of community based settings.
This FREE training is available to anyone who works or volunteers with groups of older adults within Cumbria. Whether you work or volunteer in a residential home, sheltered housing, community venue or support group this training course could be for you!
The 2 day training course is FREE and consists of a mixture of practical and theory based learning which will focus upon;
• Understanding how to manage and adapt exercise and activity sessions
• Using safe practice and positive motivational behaviour techniques
• Planning and delivering exercise activities and sessions
• Providing guidance on nutrition, hydration and flexibility and theory based learning
Training courses are taking place at Barrow AFC and we have a small number of places still available;
· Barrow AFC - Tuesday 1 & Wednesday 2 March, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Oomph! moves away from traditional exercise classes and use singing, familiar upbeat music, colourful sensory props and themed story-telling aiming to improve physical mobility, social interaction and mental stimulation.
Benefits of regular exercise for older adults include;
· Improved heart health and a reduced risk of high blood pressure and heart disease
· Helps to maintain strong muscles and flexible joints, reducing the risk of falls
· Supports keeping bones strong and reduces the risk of osteoporosis
Just as importantly regular physical activity increases mental health and wellbeing and provides opportunities for social interaction and reduces feelings of isolation. All of the above increase the ability of older adults to live independently for longer.
To book your place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Alternately you can telephone 01228 226885 or visit here
Male and Female Squads
August 2016 Intake
Are you aged between 16-19 years? Do you want to carry on training and playing to a high level whist being educated? This may be the programme for you…
Lancashire FA is resurrecting a very successful programme that we first started back in 1999 with several colleges. The programme will consist of high quality training & playing with our highly qualified FA/UEFA qualified professional coaches / Teachers and study a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (QCF).
Read more here
Womens rugby is back. Training every Tuesday at Barrow Island ARLFC at 6.30.
See the Evening Mail article for more info.
Barrow AFC Community and Performance Centre Annual Soccer Sixes Tournament at The Furness Building Society Stadium on the weekend of 21st and 22nd May.
The football club are delighted to announce that Sunday 22nd will be allocated as the girls day.
The cost of your team is £25 and can be booked through calling Fiona at the Community office on 870458 or by email
Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical
resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.
Sign up now for their monthly webinars
Friday, 4th March 10:30am – 12noon
Tuesday, 5th April 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Friday, 6th May 10:30am – 12noon
Sign up here
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.
Only Girls Allowed sessions are on Mondays and Fridays:
Monday evening 6pm to 7pm at Furness College for girls in years 4 to 6
Friday evenings 5pm to 6pm at Furness College for girls in years 1 to 3
The Only Girls Allowed sessions are free. The project has been funded by The Football Conference Trust, Barrow Borough Sports Council, Inspiring Barrow and Cumbria Community Foundation. The Project has the aim of encouraging girls and young women to become more physically active through involvement in organised football sessions.
For any information about Barrow AFC Community Initiative, or if you would like to take part in one of their projects, please contact them by email or call 870458
Helping more people get active means happier, healthier communities. And getting women and girls involved in sport and activity is a crucial part of what we do.
This interactive guide is stuffed with tips and advice on how you might work with other organisations, both inside and outside of the sport sector. Click on the practical guide and summary below before taking a peak at the relevant sections from the guide.
Cumbria Strength & Conditioning is a brand new fitness facility opening in Dalton.
It will be offering a wide range of classes and memberships as well as personal and group training sessions.
It is running Foundation courses through August, which are completely free. Three 90minute sessions that will cover basic movements like squats and deadlifts and variants of them. It will touch on the Olympic lifts, a lot of mobility and flexibility work and then other movements like body weight exercises, rope climbs, prowler pushing/ pulling, rowing too. It will also be covering breathing and bracing techniques as well as postural awareness drills.
All of this is free through August only and they will also have no minimum contracts or joining fees.
Please view the facebook page Cumbria Strength & Conditioning for more information on how to book on or contact Matty on 07701359534.
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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 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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Brook Street Gym
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 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.
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.
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
Barrow In Furness
For further details, please contact: Emma Fawcett 07725606829
@ 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
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 :
Strengthen important muscle groups
Improve performance of daily activities ( getting in/out of bath)
Promote sense of rhythm
Improve coordination and balance
Increase daily activity level
Increase interaction with others (have fun)
Ring 07796645247 for more information