Let's get active and Get Up and Go in Chorley

Chorley has a wide range of opportunities to get active and stay active, from leisure centres, fantastic parks to 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 a wide range of community activity along with encouraging the district to adopt a healthy and positive lifestyle.
By working close with many partners locally to nationally we use many different methods and support a wide range of opportunity across the borough.
Teams work on specific projects and events to support clubs, groups and organizations to enhance what they offer in the community.
Three of our past projects where recognized by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as outstanding and innovative projects and awarded the Inspire Mark, lots of new areas of work have since developed to create strong legacy’s in Chorley.
Check the latest what’s happening magazine and the events page and our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more up to date info.
Doorstep Sports Club Champions League football sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday nights 6.30 - 8.00 please see DSC Champions League poster in the download it section for more information. 

Before booking your courses online please make sure you read and fully understand the GUAG Young Peoples Charter and Terms and Conditions.
  • Activity programmes for adults and older people

    There are so many opportunities for you to get out and get active in Chorley from Leisure Centres with state of the art equipment, fitness suites, swimming pools, fantastic parks and open spaces all over the borough, and a network of superb community clubs and organizations, which offer lots of recreational and competitive opportunities.

    There are many miles of cycling network in Chorley and a growing offer thanks to our partnership with goskyride local if you have not got the cycle out for some time. Take a look at the Chorley Rural and Urban cycle route maps or see the Cycling Lancashire website. 

    Following on from the successful active generation project that targeted people 50 plus, we now have a regular scheme of affordable and accessible activities for all ages over 18. Why not give walking football a try, or even indoor new age kurling!

    Our superb find your feet health walks move from strength to strength and attract lots of people every week on five our established routes. Coming soon in early 2015 we will have at least two new routes in the borough to try out in Anderton and Whittle.

    Check the download sections for more details on any of the following:

    • Health Walks
    • Active Nation
    • Adult Get up and Go Activity Programme
    • gosky ride local programme with British Cycling
    • Community sports club directory 2014

    Walking Football
    Love the beautiful game but don't fancy the running involved? Why not try Walking Football and still get some great physical activity with one of our latest sessions.

    For more information please see the download section or Contact Us.

    Couch to 5k
    On January 10 we started the Couch to 5k programme at Astley ParkIn a bid to get more people active this new programme is designed for adults wanting do more excersise and build up fitness levels over a 9 week period. Fitness levels wiill be built as they start with walking activities and gradually increase speed and distance with lots of fun thrown in along the way.

    The group meet three times a week with a view to participants taking part in a 5k race on March 14

    Due to huge demand this group is now full but if you would like to start jogging in a fun way contact us for more information.

    Celebrating community skills and The Chinese New Year in Chorley
    As part of a creative art community project recently in 2015, here are some fantastic examples of how the community got active and together, to make their own goat village and celebrate the Chinese New Year. If your local group or organisation wants to get creative, we would love to hear from you.


  • Activity programmes for children and young people

    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 throughout the community on a regular basis. 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 over the last five years. 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.

    Get Up and Go is our brand to tell people to do exactly what it says 'Get Up and Go' familys can take part. (Age restrictions apply to certain activities) 

    ​Part of this programme is the dedicated DOORSTEP SPORT CLUBS. You will find these in the following areas:
    • Chorley North, every Friday @ Clayton Green Sports Centre 7pm till 9pm
    • Chorley Town, now fortnightly on Saturdays @ All Season Leisure Centre 7pm till 9pm.

    Male and females welcome at both of the above clubs, aged 14-18
    And our brand new third doorstep sport club which started November 5th:

    • Chorley Us Girls, which will have a wide range of leisure activities for young women only aged 14-18. For more info please Contact Us. 

    Part of this ground-breaking project is our  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).

    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 schools festival programme, where we linked to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, a new programme of exciting competitions will be launched in early 2015. 
    With 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, and Table Tennis along with many skills, challenges and competitions will take place over a six month period.

    ​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. In 2014 we where one of a few projects in the North West 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. Other clubs have been linked to developing Rugby League and our commonwealth pop up club as well.​



    ​Our current club1 project wiil see a minimum of 10 different experiences for young people, to help create a sporting habit for life, this club is aimed at young women.
  • Chorley Grand Prix and Cycling in Chorley

    ​2016 saw the return of the Chorley Grand Prix sponsored by Chorley Building Society to the streets of Chorley on Saturday March 26th where 140 of the top national riders took part.

    As ever there are lots of ways to get involved with cycling in Chorley including:
    • Wheels for All led by Cycling Projects are accessible and adapted bikes for all led by Cycling Projects trained leaders start Feb
    • British Cycling Recreational Programmes: 2016 sees the return of Sky Ride Local which was very popular last year and further developments this year will see an increased Sky Ride Social menu and for the Ladies BREEZE Rides
    • Cycling Clubs: if you are keen to take things a step further or join up for a longer ride then get in touch with some of the local Clubs please see the British Cycling Local Club Finder website. Here you will find details of clubs for adults for juniors and in all different modes of Cycling.

  • Go Tri - (Recreational Triathlon Programme)

    ​Did you know that Chorley has a developing and thriving Triathlon community ? Well it does with former World Duathlon Champion (bike and run) Katie Hewison from the area and staging the 2nd Katie Hewison Duathlon, run by Chorley Athletic Club and Triathlon. This coming May 2016 targeting young people.

    However for those aged 14 and above Chorley is soon to deliver Go Tri ! So watch this space if you have ever fancied giving Triathlon a go which involves Swimming, Running, Cycling or Duathlon or even an Aquathlon (Swim and Run) then this could just be for you.

     Working with Triathlon England we hope to bring news of events coming soon over 2016/17.

    For the very first time in 2016, we are adding an adult section in the Off road Junior Duathlon supported by former World and European Duathlon Champion Katie Hewison.

    Start with a 3km run, followed by a 6km bike and finish with a 1.6km run. Race Time allocated is 14:30.The event will be held on the central field of Astley Park, Chorley, with all sections being completed on grass. Any bike type is permitted. Helmets must be worn, and bikes must be in a road worthy condition. The council do have a selection of bikes which can be used but you must notify us if you require a bike to loan.

    For more information see the Go Tri website.

  • Community Centres and Leisure Facilities

    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 six Community Centres which you can hire 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
    • Buttermere Community Centre
    • Clayton Brook Village Hall
    • Eaves Green Community Centre
    • Lancaster Way Community Centre - Click here for more details 
    • Tatton Community Centre

    How to book a room
    To make a booking enquiry or for more information on any of these centres please contact us at contact@chorley.gov.uk.

    Please note we require a minimum of two weeks' notice to book a centre but would appreciate as much notice as possible

    Usual booking process
    • Enquiry received and assessed if requested booking dates/times available
    • Booking pack sent which contains all conditions of hire, fire evacuation procedures, risk assessments and booking form.
    • Hirer to return signed booking form (and any other documents requested) by the date confirmed in the pack. If this is not returned by the requested date, then we cannot process the booking.
    • Booking confirmed and sent further information.
    • Hirers will be invoiced once we confirm the hire. Payment is required 5 working days before the booking, or the booking will be cancelled.

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

    Other Community centre 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

    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

    For more information see our seasonal football pitch hire page.

    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 Clubs, and Community Organisation support

    Supporting clubs in the community
    One of our big areas of work is to support our growing and superb network of local clubs and community organisations. 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 in sport 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, Lancashire Sport and national governing body's such as Lancashire Cricket Board, Lancashire Football Association, Golf Foundation and England Handball, to name but a few.

    This enables us to offer a variety of courses and workshops led 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 from early February 2015.

    For any other information please contact us. 

    Neighbourhood working
    At the core of all our work be it sport, art, play, education, supporting clubs, schools, resident associations and the many regular contacts we make within the community, Neighbourhood working is very important to much of the success we acheive. Dedicated staff work on projects within these different areas to get an impact on Health and Wellbeing.


  • Dementia Awareness Week

    Chorley has taken its first steps to become a dementia-friendly community to support people who suffer from the debilitating disease and their carers. Chorley is one of a number of villages, towns and cities across the UK taking steps towards becoming or have an ambition to become dementia friendly.

    Chorley Council played host to the launch of the dementia friendly communities bid inviting a range of groups, businesses and organisations across central Lancashire to hear keynote speakers highlight the need to raise awareness of dementia and to promote better understanding of the needs of sufferers and the people who look after them.

    As part of its commitment to becoming a dementia friendly community, Chorley Council has pledged to:
    • take on the role of community leader co-ordinating initiatives, encouraging people to understand what dementia is
    • Undertake training and raising awareness for frontline staff so they know what to look for and be able to react, know what to say and reassure people
    • Encourage partners, agencies, businesses and service providers across Chorley to train their staff to recognise dementia if they haven’t already done so
    • Liaise with dementia support organisations and groups in the area to better understand what their needs are so it can improve the way services are delivered to make them more accessible to people who suffer from dementia.

    For a full list of events happening during Dementia Awareness week please go to our Dementia Awareness page on the right.