Water Sports Taster Day Huge Success For Salford Scouts

On a baking hot day, just hours before Andy Murray made tennis history, young people from Salford were basking in the sun on one of the best places to be – the water.
Scout leaders in Salford were hoping for good weather so they could show off some of the activities that they put on every week. Glorious sunshine meant a day paddling was just the ticket for those lucky enough to take advantage of the free days activities.  Bell boating, kayaking and wakeboarding was the order of the day as more than forty potential new recruits took to the water to sample the excellent facilities at the Water Sports Centre, Salford Quays.  Those wanting to stay on dry land or in between water sessions had access to the indoor climbing wall to keep their adrenalin going even further.
Event organiser Tom Marsden said “we couldn’t have asked for better weather and an excellent turn out for the activities we put on.  We’ve had lots of interest from local people from Oasis Academy and further afield in Salford.  I went in to the school to give assemblies on the sort of things Scouts do these days and I’m really happy quite a few young people took up my challenge to get out on the water for a day.”
The new Sea Scouts section will operate from the Water Sports Centre on a Wednesday evening and will specialise in water based activities alongside the regular menu of activities such as camping, archery and climbing.
Councillor Howard Balkind, elected member for Swinton South also visited the event to lend his support to the new group being set up. Cllr Balkind said “I want to congratulate the Scouts for putting on this event to attract new members and get them doing many different worthwhile and adventurous activities.  I know first-hand what good work Scouts do in Salford and I know the Council will offer its support where it can.  Waiting lists are growing with more and more young people wanting to join up so I would encourage adults to volunteer any time you may have to help your local group.”
Adult volunteers are welcome in Salford and there are many roles available, from leading a youth section, fundraising, transport, serving on a committee or occasional one off support. Volunteering is flexible to fit around busy lives and commitments. Anyone wishing to find out more about volunteering with the Scouts should go to www.beamazed.com or call 0800 7561180.

Cllr Howard Balkind, Scout Leaders Ann Salt and Tom Marsden and four girls newly recruited from the Oasis Academy

Cllr Howard Balkind, Scout Leaders Ann Salt and Tom Marsden and four girls newly recruited from the Oasis Academy

Scouts Harry and James Eccles about to go out kayaking on the water

Scouts Harry and James Eccles about to go out kayaking on the water