What's Happening

Get on Track Walks

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 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

Street Soccer at Ormsgill

Furness Flames welcome new netball players

Active Cumbria Talented Athelte Fund open

Active Cumbria's Talented Athlete Programme is open for applications again.  Visit their website for details.

DONG Walney Extension Community Fund

Total Grants Available:  £600,000 approximately per year (£100,000 of this is ring-fenced for a ‘Skills Fund’)

Fund Provided by:   The Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm

In October 2015 DONG Energy decided to construct an extension to the operational Walney offshore wind farm. The extension will be located in the Irish Sea, around 19km WSW off the Walney Island coast in Cumbria. To find out more about the project development itself, please click here

DONG Energy has committed to a Fund worth approximately £600,000 a year for the lifetime of the Project.

Following a detailed community consultation process, the Walney Extension Community Fund is now open to applications. Grants from £500 up to £75,000 are available.

There are two application closing dates each year. The next two application rounds are detailed below. Late applications submitted after a closing date will be processed in the next round (approximately six months later).

Closing date:

27 July 2016

Decision by:

October 2016


Closing date:

11 January 2017

Decision by:

April 2017

To be eligible to apply for a grant your project must be located, and for the benefit of communities within the funding area. (Please note the area of benefit also includes the coastal tidal zones directly in line with the onshore areas).

If you have questions about whether your project is located in the Walney Extension Community Fund eligible area please call the GrantScape team. We would much rather we confirm this before you spend time completing your application to find out later your project is not eligible.

For more information – visit website here

Tesco 'Bags of Help' grants available now

Tesco award grants each year in around 400 Tesco regions to make sure the funding is spread evenly across England, Wales and Scotland. In total the Bags of Help programme supports thousands of projects each year.

Groundwork assesses all of the applications received and then provides a shortlist of the applications received for a Tesco Shortlisting Group to agree three successful projects to forward to a vote in Tesco stores.

Tesco customers vote over two weekends in their store for their favourite shortlisted local project. Grants are then awarded as follows:

    1st place in Tesco customer vote:  £12,000 grant
    2nd place in Tesco customer vote: £10,000 grant
    3rd place in Tesco customer vote:  £8,000 grant

For more info and to apply visit here

If you have any queries, contact Oliver Graham on Mondays or Thursdays on 07717790683 or by email

Women's rugby league is back

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.

Introduce reception children to football with Sunday Soccer Minions

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 info@soccerminions.co.uk to register your interest or fill in our online form at www.soccerminions.co.uk for more information.

Mini Bluebirds at Barrow AFC

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.

Sport England Club Matters

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

Hindpool Tigers recruiting

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

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

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

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