21 Aug 2007

Youngsters from the Pen Llyn area enjoyed the thrills and spills of windsurfing and kayaking in Aberdaron today. The Communities First partnership and the national watersports centre at Plas Menai joined forces to run taster sessions in kayaking and windsurfing off Aberdaron beach.


For many of the children, all between age 8 and 16 years, it was the first opportunity to enjoy a taste of watersports. This watersports taster day was just one of the wide range of activities the Communities First partnership has organised for young people of Pen Llyn during the holidays.

Plas Menai Manager, Alan Williams said "This is a first for the youngsters of Aberdaron area to enjoy kayaking and windsurfing with Plas Menai, at their local beach. There are so many exciting opportunities for youngsters to enjoy the great outdoors in North Wales and following this fantastic initiative by the Communities First partnership in Pen Llyn, we hope to follow this up with more opportunities across the area in the future."

Plas Menai also runs a large range of activity courses and clubs for young people at it’s main centre near Caernarfon and from Pwllheli throughout the school holidays and weekends. On and off the water this summer, youngsters have been getting wet and wild learning to sail, kayak, windsurf, powerboat, climb and mountain bike.


1. About the Communities First Partnership – The wards of Aberdaron, Botwnnog and Tudweiliog are all included in the Welsh Assembly Community regeneration scheme - 'Communities First'. The Partnership leads and works with local organisations to deliver programmes according to the local priorities set for the communities.

The Pen Llyn CF partnership was established locally to lead in 2001, a development worker was employed in December of 2002. The area covers the following villages; Aberdaron, Botwnnog, Sarn and Tudweiliog, and includes the villages of Bryncroes, Dinas, Garnfadryn, Llangwnadl, Llaniestyn, Rhiw a Rhoshirwaun.

2. Plas Menai is the National Watersports Centre for Wales, providing watersports and outdoor adventure courses and training. Owned by the Sports Council for Wales, the centre is based on the Menai Strait, near Caernarfon and provides opportunity and access for young people and adults of all ages and abilities. Operating since 1983, Plas Menai offers clubs, courses and activity days for schools, individuals, families, public and commercial organisations. Activities include: dinghy sailing, yacht sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, powerboating, mountain walking, climbing and mountain biking.