Canoeing - Blades Canoe Club
- Club Address:
78 Bryn Eglwes Croesyceiliog
Fairwater Leisure Centre 01633 872 811
Every Sunday in term time between 7.00pm and 8.00pm at Fairwater Leisure Centre in Cwmbran
The Blades Junior Canoe Club is a fully intergrated mainstream club and was formed by St Dials and Croesyceiliog youth clubs in 1994 following requests from youth centre members to introduce the sport of kayaking to the youth service programme of activities. The age range the club caters for is 11-16 yrs, covering a number of disabilities.
Initial financial support was given by Torfaen County Borough Council until such time as the club was able to become self sufficient. The club now has three experienced, qualified instructors who assist young people in developing their skills in this challenging activity with the objective being to become confident and competent in kayaking. The club is now an integral part of Torfaen Youth Service.
A Sportlot grant enabled the club to buy equipment such as left handled paddles, throw lines, aquatic first aid kits and new buoyancy aids, all of which have been purchased to develop the club further for the benefit of young people.
As the result of an equipment grant from the Sports Council of Wales the club was able to purchase a new fleet of 12 kayaks, complete with cagoules, buoyancy aids, helmets etc that means the club can now offer river trips and expeditions.
Purchases as a result of additional funding has seen the fleet of available boats grow to twenty plus, all complete with new buoyancy aids, spray decks and paddles. In addition towlines, throwlines and other ancillary equipment means the club is extremely well equipped.
The club meets every Sunday in term time between 7.00pm and 8.00pm at Fairwater Leisure Centre in Cwmbran where pool coaching under the supervision of level 2 and 3 coaches is given. The coaches in the Blades club, as part of Torfaen Youth Service are registered with AALA (The Adventure Activities Licensing Authority).
For more info please contact Fairwater Leisure Centre 01633 872 811 or the club on 01495 758868, or visit our web site http://www.torfaen.plus.com/blades.htm