Sport, play and leisure activities

Chorley has a wide range of opportunities to get active and stay active, from leisure centres, fantastic parks and open spaces on our doorstep.

Our pro-active teams are out and about in the community across the Borough helping to deliver, develop and sustain sporting and play activity along with encouraging the district to adopt a healthy and positive lifestyle.

We develop and work with all levels of ability and all ages by using a diverse range of sport and play methods to engage the community as a whole.

The teams work on specific projects and events, working alongside many partners both locally and nationally, to support clubs, groups and organisations to enhance what they offer in the community.

Three of our projects Get up and Go, Raising the Bar and Active Generation were recognised by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as outstanding and innovative projects and have been awarded the Inspire Mark.
Check the What's Happening magazine and the events page for the latest activities.


Doorstep Sports Clubs come to Chorley for all young people 14 plus, see the download section for up to date activity week to week.

Also to celebrate the Rugby League World Cup 2013 right on Chorleys doorstep, we have set up a number of Pop Up clubs where you can come and have a go at "The greatest  game of all" and learn new skills. For all information see the download section.

We are currently looking for volunteers to become Health Walk Leaders. For more information go to Activity programmes for adults and older people.

A new version of my map showing the locations of all sport and leisure facilities in Chorley will be available soon.

  • Activity programmes for adults and older people

    Active Generation
    This is our superb project aimed at older people aged from 40 to 50 plus, helping people get active, stay active and stay healthy. The project delivers lots of activities and sports and work with many local providers and volunteers. Over the last three years the project has seen new volunteers recruited, and more coaches gaining qualifications. Also more people have been taking part in sport and physical activity and trying new activities or re-visiting sports they once played. For the latest news on Active Generation, have a look at the What s Happening magazine

    Active Nation
    Active Nation is a national sport and exercise charity their message is important, since sport and exercise is proven to reduce the risk of serious illnesses such as Cancer, Osteoporosis, Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease. The purpose is to persuade the nation to be active. For more information on activity classes and programmes visit the Active Nation website.

    Recreational walking groups
    These groups are led by a range of people and partners, from health walks, family trails and guided walks. The tiny trekkers are open to parents with their small children as well. These will be advertised in our What's Happening magazine.

    Workplace activity programme
    Are you interested in developing physical activity and sport related opportunities for your employees? Then contact us as we can help you develop more activity for your workforce and make you aware of the many voluntary and private sector opportunities in Chorley.

     Walking for Health

    Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walk schemes, helping all kinds of people to lead a more active lifestyle. We’ve been running walks with great success for over 12 years now, improving thousands of lives but we couldn’t do this without the passion and dedication of our volunteer walk leaders. As a walk leader, you’ll help people to get active by leading and supporting health walks. And you’ll be a frontline ambassador for Walking for Health, making sure walks are safe, effective and enjoyable. If you are interested in becoming a walk leader more information is available to download.
  • Activity Programmes for children and young people upto 25 years

    Get up and Go
    Get Up and Go (GUAG) is our activity programme that targets young people up to the age of 25. Get Up and Go offers a wide range of focused and quality programmes, from holiday camps, schools programmes, play programmes, education courses and workshops to supporting many young people organisations etc.

    Many of the community sessions are bookable and are FREE or low cost, and the menu of activity’s is well worth checking out!
    To book an activity please use our Get Up and Go online booking system. For regular non-bookable activity view our events pages and the What's Happening magazine or contact the team for further info.


    Now part of the Get Up and Go programme, Chorley is proud to have the Streetmark award to deliver Streetgames-style activity, offering up to 20 different sports with an urban style. The project works closely with Streetgames, the national charity and is one of the few being delivered in Lancashire. It has gone from strength to strength, delivering doorstep sport right to the heart of the community, utilising community open spaces, recreation zones, local community buildings and changing the way sport is delivered and taught.

    The project targets all young people with a key emphasis on 8-24 years.

    Part of this ground-breaking project is our Co-operative Streetgames Young Volunteer Programme. This works with 16-25 year old young people aiming to give them the skills, confidence and positive responsibility to then re–invest their ability back into the community. For more information visit the Streetgames website or get in touch with us if you would like to join the programme (Minimum age 16 maximum age 25).

    Sportivate in Chorley is part of a national project aimed at getting more 14-25 year olds back into sport, or to keep those taking part involved. Unique sports, over 6-8 session blocks, take place at a range of venues over the year.

    From scuba diving to modern pentathlon, boxing to dance, we have it all on offer for teenagers and young men and women. The sports offered are different to your run-of-the-mill activities and well worth a look keep an eye out for brand new projects in 2013/14 . For more information contact us or use the link to Sports England - sportivate.

    Us Girls
    Chorley is the only area in Lancashire to deliver this unique project aimed at getting young women, aged 16-25 years old, active and healthy.

    Working alongside the national ‘Us Girls Team’ at Streetgames, we provide an opportunity for any young woman to get into sport or physical activity. It’s all about fun, fitness and friends.

    If you’re a young woman, aged 16-25, we would love to hear from you, come and join our group. We have also just started our brand new Us Girls Alive Clubs for 16-25 years old young women, these unique lifestyle clubs cover anything from fashion, sport, arts, travel, you name it and it will be there. Chorley is proud to be one of the few areas in the country to run the clubs which are led by “Your Amazing CiC” our local delivery partner. If this project appeals to you, get in touch!

    Us Girls Alive
    Us Girls Alive is a project aimed at girls aged 16-25, and offers a wide variety of courses such as Street Dance, Hair Braiding, Orienteering and many more. Sessions take place on Tuesday evenings and are held at you're CIC offices unless stated otherwise. For a full list of courses available have a look at our Us Girls Alive poster in the download section.

    Holiday Programmes
    You can find all you need to know for the holiday periods in our What's Happening magazine or the online booking system. Places are limited and will be updated prior to each holiday period.

    Schools Events and projects
    Following on from the superb "One Step Beyond" programme in 2013 and continuing the Olympic legacy, this year we have linked to the Glasgow 2014 Commenwealth Games and are signed up to the Official Game On Scotland project. This helps us to create a wide and diverse range of events and festivals to further inspire our younger residents to choose sport and create a healthy lifestyle. With colour, vibrancy and real exit routes for children to take part out of school, in their community. Sports such as Cricket, Squash, BMX, Crown Green Bowls, Handball, Football, Gymnastics, Rugby, Table Tennis along with many skills, challenges and competitions will take place over a six month period.

    There will also be a fantastic baton relay just like the real thing to join in with, promoting friendship and unity between children from schools across the borough.

    Chorley Council and their Community team is now also pleased to be able to offer a wide range of quality events and coaching programmes bespoke to any particular school, from curriculum time, breakfast club, after school activity and even projects supporting parents. This is done using innovative and unique methods to help enthuse and engage all participants of all levels of ability. If your school would like to know more or get involved then please contact us.

    Reach up and Go
    This is our unique programme funded by and working in partnership with Lancashire County Council, to provide activities for children and young people with disabilities. The project delivers specific programmes in arts and sport and also helps with assistance for young people to access regular activity. 

    Special Projects
    Across the year we are successful in gaining support from many of our National Partners to deliver unique projects in Chorley for the benefit of our young residents. This year we will be one of just three projects in the North West and one of eighteen nationally to deliver “Pop Up Clubs” the first being in Tennis, linking to Wimbledon and getting more young people, especially those aged 14-25 in to sport. Working alongside StreetGames, we will be running sessions throughout the summer and staging a community pop up tennis festival in early to mid September. If you would like to give tennis a go with full equipment provided from HEAD then come along to one of our sessions as listed in the the download section.

    Doorstep Sports Clubs
    Brand new and now in chorley, We are delighted to announce that two new opportunities for young men and women aged 14 plus have been created thanks to support from Streetgames and Sport England. Working in partnership with Lancashire County Council young people services the two new multi-sports clubs will give young people the chance to try sports like never before.

    With guest clubs popping in to deliver quality fun sessions at the right time and style it's sure to have something for everyone with a menu of activity that changes every week, from athletics, American Football, Rugby League, Gymnastics, Dance and Fitness, Cricket, Handball, Golf, Hockey, Boxing, Squash, Badminton the list goes on and Chorley will even try Korfball! So if you are aged 14-20 why not come along. All our sessions are led by Streetgames staff and qualified club coaches and each session costs only £1.

    For all information and to check each weekly offering, keep an eye on the Chorley Doorstep Sport facebook page and and our updated download section.

    16-24 Years old? Volunteer with Chorley Council & Street Games
    Why not volunteer as an assistant sports coach with Chorley Council and Street Games. No experience is necessary and there are a variety of different coaching qualifications available for you to gain, whilst assisting in sessions such as handball, football, table tennis, cricket, tennis, multi sports and many more. Give up as little or as much time as you wish. This is a great and exciting way for you to start off your career, as well as boosting your confidence and improving skills such as leadership, organisation and communication.

    Contact us If you are interested and require more information, a volunteer application form is available to download.

  • Facilities and venues

    Duxbury Park Golf Course
    Our golf course is managed by Glendale Golf. For more information on the golf facility, on-site restaurant, opening times, and to book a tee time contact the golf course directly.

    Leisure Centre’s
    All our leisure centres are managed by Active Nation, currently these are:
    • All Seasons Leisure Centre
    • Clayton Green Sports Centre
    • Brinscall Swimming Pool

    For more information about our three centres go to the Active Nation website.

    Play Areas
    There are around 49 play areas in Chorley.

    We are responsible for regular inspection and maintenance of play equipment. All facilities are provided for young people and designed for use by children with adult supervision.

    Sports Pitches (Artificial and grass)
    We own and manage the following bowling greens, tennis courts and football pitches.

    To hire a football pitch or bowling green for your team please contact us.

    Bowling Greens
    • Astley Park
    • Coronation Recreation Ground
    • Tatton Recreation Ground
    • Harper's Lane Recreation Ground

    Equipment is available for use at Astley Park. Bowling Clubs can hire the greens by agreement for which a hire fee is applicable. For more information contact us.

    April to October - Bowling greens are available free of charge for casual use.

    November to March - A Winter Green is made available. In 2012 it is Coronation Recreation Ground, Devonshire Road, Chorley.

    Tennis Courts
    • Astley Park
    • Coronation Recreation Ground

    Tennis courts are available all-year round (subject to ground conditions) free of charge.

    Football Pitches
    • King George's Fields, Adlington
    • Jubilee Playing Fields, Adlington
    • Wigan Lane, Duxbury
    • Astley Park
    • Westway Playing Fields, Astley Village
    • Clayton Brook Village Green
    • Limbrick, Chorley

    Football pitches are hired on a seasonal basis to both adult and junior local teams (Aug-May).

    During the season we will update the football pitch status prior to the weekend on Twitter to let people know whether the pitches are fit for play.

    All pitches are closed to formal usage during the closed season.

    Community centres
    We provide a number of community facilities and also work in partnership with voluntary and residents groups to run facilities in their area. We are responsible for four community centres and you can hire these centres for meetings or activities at very competitive rates seven days a week between the hours of 8.30am and 10.45pm.

    The centres are:
    • Astley Village Community Centre
    • Clayton Brook Village Hall
    • Eaves Green Community Centre
    Tatton Community Centre

    To make a booking enquiry or for more information on any of these centres please contact us. For details of regular activities at each of the centres please download the centres 'what's on' guide. Directions, opening times and location details of all of the centres, full conditions of hiring them and fire evacuation procedures are available to download.

    How to book a room
    We require a minimum of two weeks’ notice to book a centre but would appreciate as much notice as possible. To book a room please contact us.

    You will be sent out a booking pack, which contains all conditions of hire, fire evacuation procedures, risk assessments, and booking form. Return your signed booking form (and any other documents requested) by the date confirmed in your pack. If you do not return all the documents by the requested date, then we cannot process your booking.
    When we confirm your booking we will send further information detailing the member of staff who will be on duty for your booking, they will be on site at the start and end of your event. Requests for staff to stay throughout your booking will be considered and should be discussed in advance. This will incur an additional charge. You will be invoiced once you confirm your hire.
    Payment is required 5 working days before the booking, or the booking will be cancelled.

    How to cancel a booking
    If you need to cancel, please contact us as soon as possible. If you cancel less than two working days before the event you will be held liable for the full cost. The charge may be waived in exceptional circumstances.

    Other community facilities
    There are many other community centres across the Borough and the contact details are below:
    • Buckshaw Village Community Centre
    • Chorley Community Centre, Railway Street, Neil, 01257 277703
    • Euxton Community Centre
    • Fairview Community Centre
    • Adlington Community Centre
    • Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Chorley, 01257 232079
    • Manor Road Clayton Le Woods Community Centre, 01772 451931
    • Croston Old School
    • Tatton Community Centre
    • St Georges Church Hall, Halliwell Street, Chorley, 01257 27590
    • St Laurence's Church Hall
    • Age Concern Chorley Lifestyle Centre
    • St Paul's Church, Adlington, 01257 480253
    • United Reformed and Methodist Church, Adlington, 01257 483181
    • St Joseph's, Chorley, 01257 26271
    • Mawdesley Village Hall
    • Heskin Village Hall 01257 452476

    Parks and Open Spaces
    There are many significant parks and open spaces in the Borough covering over 300 hectares, many of which have historical connections. These include river valleys, country parks and nature reserves. For more information please visit Parks and nature reserves in More information.
  • Community sports and activity club support programme

    Supporting clubs in the community
    One of our big areas of work is to support our growing and superb network of local clubs. Chorley has a wide range of choice for all ages and we support groups to improve their links, educate volunteers, raise funds, improve facilities, and increase their profile. One of the main areas of work is supporting clubs to achieve accreditation such as Clubmark and FA Charter Standard. Working close with many national governing body’s our aim is to help improve the offer and give support where it is needed. Our clubs cater for young and old for more information download the Chorley club directory 2014.

    Sport and play workforce education programme
    The continual professional development and training of your staff is more important than ever if you want to maintain the highest standards in Chorley as well as meeting the criteria and guidelines of the National Governing Body of Sport. We work with people such as Sports Leaders, Running Sport, Sports Coach UK, Lancashire County Council, Skills Active, Street Games and Lancashire Sport and national governing body's such as Lancashire Cricket Board, Lancashire Football Association, Golf Foundation and England Handball.
    This enables us to offer a variety of courses and workshops lead by quality trained leaders and partners to help local clubs,schools and non-sporting voluntary organisations deliver sporting and play activity.
    To do this clubs need to advise what training needs they have and what the community would benefit from. This helps us to get the right courses in the right place.
    If you have any specific needs for your organisation or if you are unsure on what qualifications you require or which is the most appropriate contact us and we will be happy to help.

    A list of the courses and workshops we offer is available to download.

    For any other information please contact us.

    Raising the bar
    This gives free or subsidised support for elite national and international standard athletes from the age of 16, to access gym and fitness facilities in our leisure centres, operated and working in partnership with Active Nation. This helps them to train on their doorstep, saving time and money to help them progress. In return athletes agree to ambassadorial work in the community to inspire the next generation of athlete's, such as pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale and Paralympian Greame Ballard, two of our previous athletes. For more information or to apply please contact us.

    Chorley and District Sports Forum Small Grants
    Supported by Chorley Council, small grants are available for clubs to help with small development projects aimed at clubs, along with grants for talented athletes and raising stars who need finance to give them a helping hand.

    Over the years many athletes have benefited from this scheme and have progressed to a worldwide international stage. For more information please visit Chorley and District Sports Forum website.

    Chorley's Sporting Hall of Fame
    In 2012 as part of our celebration for the London Games, we created Chorley's Sporting Hall of Fame (part of Chorley's Sporting Life Exhibition, superbly developed with the Chorley Photographic Society). The Hall of Fame is widely supported and visited with England Rugby Union legend Bill Beaumont CBE (pictured) taking time to visit on the opening day. Chorley has a rich history in producing elite athletes, who have gone on to achieve great things in their field. The exhibition is now closed but watch this space for further news on the Hall of Fame and the next generation of elite athletes from Chorley who will one day join it.

  • Passport to leisure

    How do I apply?
    You need to complete an application form and provide evidence of one of the following;

    Job Seeker Award letter or form signed by Job Centre
    Seniors (60 and over and not in full time employment) Bus pass or birth certificate
    A person with a disability in receipt of benefit Award letter or form signed by benefits agency
    Students in full time education (16+) Student union card or form signed by head teacher.
    Apprentice Letter from employee or form signed by employee

    In receipt of Income support/income related employment & support allowance

    Award letter or form signed by benefits agency
    In receipt of Working Tax Credit Award letter or form signed by benefits office
    Unpaid carer Register with who will provide a confirmation letter.
    How do I get a passport to leisure?
    You can download an application form and complete it or a copy of the form can be found at the All Seasons Leisure Centre or Clayton Green Sports Centre.

    Completed applications and any supporting documents including a utility bill or credit card or bank statement with your address need to be taken to All Seasons Leisure Centre or Clayton Green Sports Centre. The fee for a passport to leisure card is currently £7.75

    If you need any further information or help with your application please call Active Nation on 0300 0200 136.

    What facilities are available?
    Your passport to leisure card gives reduced price admission and membership packages to the Leisure Centres listed below as well as a 20% discount on pay and play at Duxbury Park Golf club during off peak hours. Off peak hours are Monday to Friday inclusive 8am to 4pm, excluding Bank Holidays. Passport to leisure cards cost £7.75 and are valid for a year.

    Activity Passport to Leisure Price Usual Price
    Use of Gym £3.00 £6.50
    Swimming £1.50 £3.75
    Hire of Court for Racquet Game i.e. squash, badminton £1.00 £4.00
    Monthly Direct Debit Membership £25.00 £33.00
    Pay and Play at Duxbury Park Golf course 20% discount off green fees if booked in person or over the ‘phone. Discount applies Monday to Friday from open to close of course, excluding Bank Holidays
    Prices correct as of June 2013, subject to change

    What is not included?
    Courses, exercise classes, special events and outdoor pitches. If playing with a person who does not qualify for a passport to leisure, they must pay their share of the standard charge.

    Participating facilities
    All Seasons Leisure Centre
    Water St
    PR7 1EX 0300

    Brinscall Swimming Pool
    Lodge Bank
    PR6 8QU
    0300 0200136

    Clayton Green Sports Centre
    Clayton Green Road
    Clayton le Woods
    PR6 7TL
    0300 0200136

    Duxbury Park Golf Course
    Duxbury Hall Road
    PR7 4AS
    01257 265380