Opportunity to get out on the water

An event giving residents the chance to get out on the water takes place this weekend.

Four south east Northumberland clubs are taking part in Paddle-ability, which is returning on Saturday following a successful event last year.

It offers the community an opportunity to try various means of paddle-sports, with a particular focus on access for individuals and families with physical, mental and educational special needs.

Active Northumberland, in partnership with local paddle-sport clubs Morpeth MPSC, Coquet CST, Wansbeck-Ashington WKC and Blyth BKC, are raising the profile of paddle-sports and the benefits it can provide, including physical activity, mental wellbeing and social inclusion.

Paddle-sport encompasses activity practiced in a craft on the water as well as other dry activity directly related to it, such as kayaking and canoeing.  

Luis Perales, outdoor development officer at Active Northumberland, said: “We aim to provide the community with an opportunity to come and meet the teams, whether their interest is a one-off event or they are considering taking up the sport, all are welcome.

“First comers can try something new and learn some new skills, while those with some experience can enjoy the paddle-sports Northumberland has to offer at the QE2 country park.”

For more information contact Luis on (01670) 622146 or Active Northumberland on (01670) 542222 quoting ‘Paddle-ability’ and the date of the event (Saturday, May 17).

Luis added: “Last year’s event was fantastic.”

“The feedback from parents and users was very positive, and we are looking forward to another great event this year.

“We had just fewer than 50 people attend last year and we would like to reach the target of 100 people on the day this year.”