Barrow Borough Sports Council
Barrow Community U nit
N an Tait Centre
Borough Barrow in Furnes s
SPORTS LA 1 4 1 LG
Telephone: 01229 40731 9
Council Fax: 01229 89431 3
BARROW BOROUGH SPORTS COUNCIL MEETING
Thursday 28th January 2010 at 7.00pm
Nan Tait Centre, Abbey Road, Barrow
Cllr. Tony Callister Barrow Borough Council
Derek Brook Cumbria County Council
Chris Athersmith Barrow Borough Council
Terry Barker Barrow Amateur & District ARL
Cllr Anne Burns Cumbria County Council
Brian Mitchell Furness RUFC
John Sherwen Duddon Canoe Club
Stuart Meredith Furness College Sports Hub
Emma Broadbent Cumbria County Council
John Harrison Barrow Table Tennis League
Dan Myles Barrow Borough Council
Rob Thomson Council Volunteer
John Pownceby Walney School
Cllr. Alan Pemberton Barrow Borough Council
John Quinn, Neil Bates, Keith Johnson, Dave Maguire, Kath Unwin & Cressida Allwood.
2. Minutes from last meeting
These were agreed as a true and accurate record.
3. Matters arising
Following the last Sports Council meeting, Derek met with Craig MacLean and updated him on discussions
which had taken place about all weather pitch, table tennis, basketball and athletics facilities. Craig said that
he’d take all Derek’s comments back to the Academy and seek agreement to make some funding bids.
Cllr. Anne Burns stated that the Academy will be a Sports Academy and they won’t know how much money is
available until they have decided on one site or two. The decision on the academy sites will be made by the
middle of March.
Hoops Basketball Centre arranged a six week series of netball and basketball games starting on Tuesday 12th
January at 6.30pm.
The sessions were ideal for adult beginners and then if you enjoyed it, you might want to join one of the local
Over 30 participants took part aged between 18-30 years old, only one participant wanted to do basketball so
they were signposted to an existing team and the six week series became just netball.
It’s been a fantastic success.
4. Women & Girls Sports Day
The decided date for the 2010 Women & Girls Sports Day is Sunday 4th July at Furness Academy South Site.
Our next planning meeting for the Women & Girls Sports Day will take place on Tuesday 2nd February at
1pm; everyone is welcome to come along.
We are going to produce a good quality leaflet and hand them out at the Race for Life.
The Sports Council agreed to ring fence £1000 for Women & Girls Sports Day
5. Sports Equity Project
The Parents and Carers Support Forum still meets once a month.
Lis Stephenson is still on Maternity Leave and we do not have a date for her to come back yet.
Activities were run over the Christmas period and were a tremendous success.
At February half term we are holding the following activities especially for children and young people with a
disability. All activities are free;
Fun Play Time
Sunbeams Music Sessions
For 2010-11, CCC invited tenders for the Aiming High money. ‘Action for Children’ is going to submit a
countywide bid and if this is successful, they will commission us to deliver the sport in Barrow.
If anyone else is successful in tendering, I will contact them and see if we can come to the same arrangement.
Kick it out Action plan is on our website.
Hopefully we will have anew localised DVD within the next few weeks.
We are falling behind on actively promoting BME participation. Due to Lis extending her maternity leave, we
have some under spend. We have commissioned Inside Out to work with the multi cultural forum to develop a
plan to increase participation.
Furness Multi- Cultural Centre would like a table tennis table for the centre. Discussion took place regarding
the tables which were taken from Alfred Barrow School and are now in storage at the Academy North Site.
Emma will let the Multi-cultural Centre know this.
6. Sports Strategy
This is an excellent document.
At present we are in Year 4 of the Sports Strategy. The Strategy ends in March 2011.
It was agreed that the Sports Council does need another five year strategy
7. Leadership Academy
A report from Helen Wright was circulated.
Chris also brought along to the meeting some samples of clothing that the volunteers receive once they have
completed the necessary amount of hours.
8. Active People Survey 3
Chris passed round a copy of Active People Survey 3 for everyone to view.
9. Youth Sports Worker
Dan had over 60 different children attend the October half term holiday programme, 10 of these participants
He’s been visiting various places with the portable dance mats, including several schools, Town Hall and
Furness Academy, St Bernards, George Hastwell& Furness College have all been down to the Park Leisure
Centre to use the mats.
Plans for February half term are week’s activities at Furness Academy South Site and Hindpool and Dan is
hoping to extend the Easter programme out to include venues in Walney and Dalton.
Dan has also visited Beacon Hill Scouts to promote youth sports and is organizing the Women and Girls
Sports Day 2010.
10. Furness College Sports Hub
11 workshops have been booked so far for 2010; information regarding these workshops are in the weekly
update and on the website.
The 50% offer for Clubmark clubs and those working towards Clubmark is still carrying on.
Recruit into Coaching is progressing well and for further information, people can contact Stuart, Chris or
Becky Underwood at Cumbria Sport.
Walney Central ARLFC £993.93 AGREED
To set up an under 7s team who will play in a newly formed Under 7’s league.
The club is Charter Standard so is eligible for 50% subsidy from Furness College Sports Hub.
£200.50 is for training equipment, £130 for coaching qualifications and £663.43 for a kit.
Lindal Moor Cricket Club £3000 AGREED
To erect a new two-lane artificial net system on all weather surface.
This replaces the previous system which is derelict and has not been improved for 35 years.
The new system will offer a top class facility for the clubs expanding junior sections.
Planning Permission has been granted for this project.
Condition: We will only release the grant money once the club has raised the remaining £3167.87.
12. Information from members
John Harrison – Table Tennis
Barrow Table Tennis Club recently hosted a high-level training session, which was well attended by local
junior players. The session lasted three hours and was run by North West Regional Coach and former
England top Ranked player Katy Parker, former England coach Denis Neal and former Scottish National
Coach Brian Keen.
The main object of the day was to assess players’ ability, potential and attitude.
Top performing players will be invited to join the regional training squad on Sunday 7th at Barrow.
Brian Yates – Furness RU
A RFU Rugby Ready Course will be taking place at Furness RU on Sunday 7th February.
Due to the new RFU Coaching Structure, the Rugby Ready Course is now a pre requisite to all Level 1
Coaching Award Courses.
The course cost is £18 per candidate and can be booked by contacting Jane Cliff – NW Coaching
Administrator on 01260 270624
13. Financial report
A financial report was circulated.
14. Any Other Business
The Cumbria Youth Games didn’t take place in 2009, but are back this year and will take place on Thursday
1st July on a school day in Penrith.
Keith Mills, a representative of the Bowling fraternity is due to meet with Planners at Barrow Town Hall to
discuss the future of bowling greens in the borough. Concern was expressed by Sports Council members
regarding the various greens that have been sold in the past for housing. Bowling is one of the most popular
sports played locally by people of all ages. Keith Mills will be attending our March meeting.
Agreed: Barrow Sports Council agreed to support the bowling fraternity in any way they can.
15. Future Meetings
The next Sports Council meeting will take place on Thursday 18th March 2010 at 7pm.