Surf’s up for kids at Carsington club

Staying Afloat: Kirk Ireton Primary School pupils Mikey Bevan-Beirne, Edward Watson, Sion Edwards and Sam Edwards successfully stand upright on their boards as they learn how to windsurf through the Royal Yachting Associaitions "On Board" scheme at Carsington Water.
Staying Afloat: Kirk Ireton Primary School pupils Mikey Bevan-Beirne, Edward Watson, Sion Edwards and Sam Edwards successfully stand upright on their boards as they learn how to windsurf through the Royal Yachting Associaitions "On Board" scheme at Carsington Water.

ADVENTUROUS youngsters have been trying their hand at a spot of windsurfing as part of a national scheme.

They have been attending a series of coaching sessions set up at Carsington Water through Carsington Sport and Leisure and that are running as part of the Royal Yatching Association’s ongoing On Board scheme.

Youngsters who complete the sessions have been offered the chance to get involved in the Carsington Comets club, which runs a number of activities at the venue.

Holly Jones, from Carsington Sports and Leisure, explained: “A number of schools have been involved, at both secondary and primary level.

“They come for a series of weekly sessions, as part of the RYA’s Onboard scheme and after they have finished, they are given the chance to join the Comets, where they can have a go at sports such as windsurfing, sailing, paddle sports like kayaking and fly fishing.

“Some of them have been taking that opportunity and the sessions have been well received by those involved so more are planned in the next few months.”

This Saturday sees the Comets, Derbyshire’s reigning regional windsurf runners-up, aim to get their title challenge off to the perfect start when they compete in the opening round of the 2011 RYA Team15 Midlands Inter-Club Challenge in Birmingham.

Team15 is the RYA’s nationwide network of more than 80 youth windsurfing clubs set up to make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters aged 15 and under.

Some 15 Carsington Comets youngsters were involved in the Midlands Inter-Club Challenge series last year while another half a dozen rookies trained alongside their more experienced clubmates, ready to step up to Challenge action this year.

This weekend’s event takes place at Bartley Sailing Club in Birmingham and will see six teams, including Pitsford Pirates, go head to head to claim the early series bragging rights.