Bartley Kids Urge Birmingham and Solihull to Push the Boat Out
Posted: Mon, 29 Apr 2019 08:37
A group of Bartley Sailing Club youngsters are proving that sailing is all about having fun and building friendships as a month of free RYA Push The Boat Out 'try sailing' events launches across Birmingham and Solihull next weekend (4-6 May).
Last September, eight Bartley kids, including one lad who only learned the ropes last summer, went along to the British Youth Sailing Regional Championships, and since then the team sprit and camaraderie they built over that weekend has seen them stick together and continue to sail as part of Bartley's K2O junior club.
If the glorious Easter bank holiday weather has got you thinking about switching off those screens and getting active outdoors, Rockley Watersports at Bartley SC is opening its doors from 10am on Bank Holiday Monday 6 May for the local community to get on board for a new adventure, while Tamworth SC, at Kingsbury Water Park, will Push The Boat Out from 11am on both Saturday 4 May and Monday 6 May, as well as on Friday 24 May.
After next weekend, Midland SC on Edgbaston Reservoir, Sandwell Valley SC on Swan Pool and Barnt Green SC on Upper Bittell Reservoir, all welcome anyone to have a go on Saturday 18 May, while Earlswood Lakes SC, near Solihull, open their doors the next day (Sunday 19 May). Additionally, Olton Mere SC, also near Solihull, will be hosting a free open day on Saturday 1 June.
All ages and abilities are welcome, with opportunities for children, families, beginners and lapsed sailors, as well as those with disabilities or special requirements for getting out on-the-water. All kit and safety equipment is provided so just bring a pair of old trainers you don't mind getting wet and your sense of adventure and fun. Find full details of your nearest Push The Boat Out event at www.rya.org.uk/ptbo
Bartley youngster, Shay, said: "Sailing is my favourite sport, it used to be football but once I tried sailing I liked it the best. I felt really excited to go to the Regional Championship because I love sailing and I enjoyed when we were sailing around collecting mini balls. I felt very proud at the end of the day because of what I'd achieved."
Club mate, Ben, who completed his RYA Level 2 learn to sail certificate in August last year, added: "I love the thrill of being on the water, the speed of the boat and being able to decide for myself how best to tackle a situation. I really enjoyed trying a variety of activities at the Regional Championships, learning from the instructors, and I was pleased to have tried some new experiences."
With so much national focus on physical and mental wellbeing, being on the water gives everyone a chance to get away from modern life, spend time with the family, have fun with friends and just enjoy the feeling of being in the fresh air and closer to nature. A real family day out, many Push The Boat Out venues will also be putting on shore-side activities like BBQs and games for the kids too.
Michelle Gent, RYA Programmes Manager, added: "We are looking forward to another fantastic month of RYA Push the Boat Out events and try sailing opportunities this year. Many people don't realise that there's a club and a gateway to the water right on their doorstep and it's a brilliant opportunity to get involved and find out more!"
More than 390 RYA affiliated clubs and recognised training centres across the UK are inviting people to Push The Boat Out throughout May. Almost 22,000 people regularly go along to their local sailing club every month across the Midlands, getting on the water in small sailboats or windsurfing on the region's reservoirs, lakes and rivers.
The national RYA Push The Boat Out participation campaign aims to get more people out on the water and the RYA are asking all sailors to #TellAFriend and help spread the word! Check out the the video – https://youtu.be/KOiN2r5vCEc