Friday, 24 July 2009

Plain sailing during the summer holidays

Young people from north west Leeds will be making waves this summer with free sailing taster sessions at Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre at Yeadon Tarn.

Around 150 young people will be taking part in a number of water based activities at Leeds City Council’s sailing centre thanks to funding from the outer north west area committee.

The open day will give youngsters, aged 10 to 16, a chance to try their hands at sailing, canoeing, kayaking, raft building and off road biking, all for free.

Media Opportunity:
Members of the media are welcome to attend the open day and try out some of the activities. If you wish to send a reporter/ photographer or film crew, please contact the press office to arrange on 0113 2474713.
Date: Friday 31 July
Time: Anytime between 12 noon and 4pm
Venue: Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre, Cemetery Road, Yeadon, LS19 7UR

Each young person will have a go at one or two of the activities to help them discover what opportunities there are on their doorstep, which could possibly lead to a long-lasting interest.

The open day has been organised by Leeds City Council’s sport and active recreation service, and staff from the centre will be providing professional coaching with additional support from coaches from British Cycling and the Royal Yachting Association.

This is the second ‘have a go’ session this year at the Yeadon Tarn centre and just one of a number of projects the outer north west area committee has provided funding for, to increase levels of participation and raise awareness of what the Sailing and Activity centre can offer both to adults and young people.

The centre provides activities for every age group and ability, from canoeing to kayaking and dinghy sailing, raft building, water safety, canoeing and learn-to-sail courses, plus land-based sessions such as mountain biking, off-road biking and orienteering.

Councillor Les Carter, executive member responsible for area management said:
“This is a great example of what area management and area committees are all about; different groups working together to keep young people active and providing them with enjoyable opportunities in their own locality.”

Councillor Chris Townsley, chair of the outer north west area committee, said:
"The area committee is really pleased to be able to support projects like this, which allows young people to have a go at some exciting outdoor activities which many young people wouldn’t normally get the chance to try.

“Maybe some will consider taking it up as a hobby or even further. There's a chance these youngsters could be the Olympians of tomorrow!”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713