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Active Anglesey Leisure and Sports Development Newsletter September 2013 - Monthly Bulletin

Summer Sports Fun Over 120 children tried a range of activities for free at a Multisport Day. On August 12th at Plas Arthur Leisure Centre and Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni sports facilities, Anglesey children had the opportunity to take part in seven different sports. National Governing Bodies represented their sports on the day, with a taste of athletics, cricket, hockey, rugby union, rugby league, netball, and tennis on offer. A number of Anglesey’s Young Ambassadors and young volunteers assisted on the day, assisting in the delivery of the different sessions. Lucy Bracegirdle, Young Ambassador at Ysgol Syr Thomas Jones said: “It was a great day filled with various sports which all the children thoroughly enjoyed. As a Young Ambassador it was a great opportunity to work alongside the various National Governing Bodies.” Senior Active Young People Officer, Owain Jones added: “The day turned out to be a huge success with a good turnout and high quality sessions delivered thanks to the collaboration of all involved.” Following the success of the event this year it is hoped that a free multisport day will become an annual event on Anglesey.

Sporty youngsters enjoyed a variety of activities on offer at the Anglesey Show at Mona this year, provided by the Sports Development Unit. On Day 1 of the show, crowds flocked to have a go at on the climbing wall (pictured is Aron Jones from Penysarn) and Day 2 included a bike course. On each day, there were slots for sports including golf, football and athletics. Meanwhile a popular Summer Play Scheme in Llangefni has attracted children aged 512 years over four weeks of the Summer Holidays. The sessions were delivered by 5x60, volunteers and in partnership with various organisations and sport providers.

In this issue * Sporting events on the Island * Sport Club News * Plans for Jersey Island Games 2015

An enthusiastic Anglesey teenager has clocked up nearly 40 hours of volunteering in just a few weeks after connecting with a new Volunteer Anglesey Sport website. Lauren Richardson, 16, a pupil at Ysgol Uwchradd Bodedern is interested in a career in the sports industry and signed up to the website, to see how she could gain experience through volunteering. Over the Summer holidays, she has assisted at a number of Summer Play Schemes, a Multisport Day and football course for children at Llangefni. She also marshalled at a Family Run for the inaugural Tour de Mon Cycling Sportive. This month, she will be assisting with coaching support for Amlwch Lions FC, pan-disability football team. She said: “I registered my details on because I wanted to get involved with sport on Anglesey and help out to gain experience. I’m interested in becoming a Young Ambassador next term and to go into coaching. The website is easy to use and I get notifications for new volunteering vacancies that I can sign up to if I want to. I’m looking forward to doing more during this new school term.” Sports Volunteer Co-ordinator, Rachel Argyle said: “The Volunteer Anglesey Sport website is a new way to link up sport clubs/events with potential volunteers like Lauren. It’s free and simple to use and you can keep in the loop with sport on the island and sign up to anything of interest to you. We have had volunteers ranging from 16 to 60 register their details and many clubs offering opportunities and hope to get many more on board.” For volunteering support or more information about the website, contact Rachel on or call (01248) 752026. To register as a volunteer or provider on the website, visit

To learn more about the Always Aim High Events on Anglesey, including the Anglesey Sandman Triathlon and the Island Trail Race in Newborough this month, visit The events include children races, organised by Anglesey Council Sports Development Unit.

Grant for sports clubs and organisations NEXT DEADLINE November 15th 2013 Contact Karen Williams (01248) 752046 /

CLUB PROFILE Amlwch Canoe Club Meet: Tuesdays and weekends To join, contact Claire after 6pm on 01248 450496, age limit 8, and conditions apply to under 16's

The Canoe Club in Amlwch are reflecting after a very busy Summer. Chair of the Club Phil Edwards explained: “A few from the club joined the Amlwch Gala Committee, which was reinvented after an absence of several years and were involved in giving people free Try It Sessions in the harbour using three Open (Canadian) canoes and a couple of kayaks. 39 children and 6 adults gave it a go on a lovely, hot day and a few came back for seconds! In an effort to better their own skills and qualifications and further the Club, four members attended 3 Star Sea Kayak Training and Assessment over two days. This involved their paddling skills put under the microscope, and culminating in an assessment which included deep water rescues, with all four passing! Being members of the Outdoor Partnership, we can apply for funding to attend these courses. Their aim, like ours, is to get as many people involved in the outdoors and sport as possible. If anyone fancies a go at canoeing, the club offers three taster sessions at £5 per session. This includes equipment but participants will have to provide their own clothing to canoe in with the expectation of getting wet (bring spare clothes).

A Family Fun Day helped launch a new club aimed at families of people with a disability and their families. Cylch Teulu/Family Circle will start in September, but the Fun Day at Amlwch Leisure Centre provided information about the social inclusion club and a taster of the various activities that will be on offer at the twice monthly sessions. People of all ages enjoyed a variety of stalls and refreshments, arts & crafts, face painting, a bouncy castle and more. Isle of Anglesey Council Sports Development Unit led the sport sessions provided by Disability Sport Wales Officer, Karen Williams and Age Friendly Communities Officer, John Pritchard and play sessions were delivered by Dewis Chwarae’s Meirion Owen. A number of volunteers helped with the smooth-running of the day. To learn more about the club, email or to register as a volunteer, sign up at

Plans are already being put into place for the Ynys Môn teams at the Island Games in Jersey 2015. A successful evening was held at the Valley Hotel to celebrate the successes in Bermuda and look ahead to the next event. Qualifying times for athletic events have been released and are available on the website— Women’s football are hoping to take a squad to the games. Interested players are asked to contact Karen Williams on or call 07810530326.

Canolfan Hamdden Biwmaris a’r Cylch— Saturday Morning Fitness Club, from 11am-12pm for 14-16s. Starting September 17th. A Fit for Life initiative. £3 per session, with a trained instructor on site offering advice. For further information, contact the Leisure Centre on (01248) 811200. Menai Track and Field will be holding two New Starter Induction Evenings on Monday, September 30th and Wednesday, October 2 n d f r om 6. 3 0 - 8p m . During these evenings coaches will be available to answer any questions that athletes and parents may have, and to give them an introduction to the club. The minimum age for joining is 9. Cost of session £2. Sea Kayaking courses have recently been updated at w w w . b - a c t i v e with taster sessions for children and families at Free Saturday Disability Swim sessions at Plas Arthur are going from strength to strength, with those attending benefitting from qualified swimming teacher Roy Woolliscroft who has helped two of the original attendees George Page achieve his 50 metres swimming badges and his brother Sid gain his 25 metres swimming badge recently. The sessions run from 3-4pm for people aged 25 and under with a disability and their families. For further information, call (01248) 722966.

Active Anglesey - September 2013 (English)  

Active Anglesey Bulletin - September 2013