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Hindpool Tigers recruiting

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Barrow Island Rugby 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

Lancashire County FA Young Volunteers Camp 2016

The Football Association and Lancashire County Football Association acknowledges the role volunteers play throughout football and is keen to support the volunteer workforce by offering a range of opportunities and courses to develop their leadership experience. 

The North West Regional County FA’s of Lancashire, Manchester, Cheshire, Liverpool, Isle of Man and Cumberland have been working closely to develop an individual County FA Young Volunteers programnme.  This year Lancashire County FA’s Young Volunteers Event will be held at the Lancashire Football Association, The County Ground, Thurston Road, Leyland from 9.45am - 4.45pm on Tuesday 16th February 2016 

The Young Volunteers Event will cater for the demand that we experience for young volunteers coming into football from the School Games Volunteers programme and other volunteer programmes. The Young Volunteers event will provide modules around Refereeing, Coaching Disabled Footballers and a Young Coaches module. The modules will be delivered by fully qualified FA Regional and County FA Staff.

The aim and objective of the event is to provide Young Volunteers with an abundance of football knowledge and ideas which will empower them to make a difference in their football communities. It will also enable them to progress onto future courses and programmes here at the Lancashire County FA. 

Following on from the Volunteers Camp, the young volunteers must commit to further voluntary work in their local football club and / or school in order to use their new skills and develop their leadership experience further. 

Criteria for LFA Young Volunteers Camp 2016:

All applicants applying to attend the Lancashire County FA’s Young Volunteers event will be required to meet the following criteria:

* Aged 14 – 21 years old 

* Hold one of or have aspirations of achieving  the following qualifications: FA JFL, FA Level 1 Certificate, Basic Referees Certificate, JSL, CSL Or equivalent leadership qualification

* Have already volunteered in sport for a minimum of 5 hours

* Must be committed to volunteering for a further 5 hours in local football club / college / school after attending the event

* Application endorsed by School Sports Coordinator, teacher, club manager / coach or parent

Lancashire FA will envisage between 40 – 50 young volunteers to attended this years camp; all places will be given on a first come first serve basis providing each individual young volunteer meets the criteria above. School Games Organisors, School Sport Coordinator, teachers, club coaches managers and parents are asked to encourage young people who meet the criteria to complete the nomination form and apply to attend the event. On receiving the application(s) I will contact you directly to confirm your place(s). Please note the deadline for all young volunteer entries is Tuesday 9th February 2016

If you require any further information for the Lancashire County FA’s Young Volunteers Event please contact the Lancashire FA’s Development Office on 01772 624000 or joel.callister@lancashirefa.com 

Many thanks


Joel Callister

Football Development Officer (Education)

Lancashire Football Association

Get on Track Walks

A full programme of monthly 2-3 hour walks on the 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 10 December Foxfield-Broughton-Old Railway-Foxfield. Walk starts 10.35am, departs from Barrow Station 10.10am.

Only Girls Allowed with Barrow AFC Community Sports

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

F A Youth Award course at Holker Old Boys

(Venue No. 874)

This is a practical course: outdoor clothing and footwear for astro turf is required.
To be held
Holker Old Boys
Rakesmoor Lane
LA14 4QB

Over 4 days as follows:

Sunday 10th/Sunday 17th/Sunday 24th April 2016 Sunday 1st May 2016
From 9.00a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

The course outcomes are as follows:
This is course aimed at those working with 5-11 year old players, who want to further their knowledge and understanding.  The course encompasses a variety of theoretical and practical tasks around the learning processes involved when coaching 5-11 year old players.

Who can attend the training course?
- Have completed your L1ACF qualification,
- Have up to date Safeguarding Children & Emergency Aid qualifications,
- Have an FA CRC (CRB) check
- Be a member of FA Licensed Coaches Club is required as a pre-course requisite.

We are offering this course at a discounted price of £100.00 for all Clubs/Candidates (£50 discount!)

To book visit here or download the form here.

Sport England guide Helping women and girls get active

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.

New fitness facility in Dalton

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.

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

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


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 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

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