Following the hugely successful launch of Club Farraige Iorrais (www.seaerris.ie ) some 80 people are now actively taking part in a whole host of water sport activities throughout Erris. Safe access to and participation in water sports are provided by the newly formed and voluntary manned community water sport club.
The club is open to all members of the Erris community with the youngest member being three and the oldest 57, water sports are proven to be fit for anyone, no matter what level of water ability you have.
Current activities include kayaking, powerboating, windsurfing, jet skiing, and snorkelling and the focus of the club is now to expand the number and variety of activities being offered. Trained volunteers are urgently needed to expand the club. If you have a qualification in water activities contact the club at [email protected] to find out more about volunteering opportunities.
The founding committee members all have experience of working on the water. The club chairman, Amy Veasey, said: “We were all lucky enough to have had access to the water whilst growing up and have seen the many physical and social benefits water sport activities have to offer all ages. In increasingly difficult economic times we are delighted to be able to offer affordable, community based activities for all ages and abilities.”
Membership opened in June 2009 and immediately numbers grew. The club is currently running a sponsorship campaign designed to increase the amount of equipment in the club which is crucial to its continued expansion. Local businesses are encouraged to check out www.searerris.ie for further details.
Amy continued: “I would personally like to thank all our committee members, volunteers, members, parents and supporters without whose enthusiasm and hard work Club Farraige Iorrias would not have been such a success. I very much look forward to expanding the club to its full potential and would welcome anyone with an interest to join us. Although the summer is drawing to a close we are looking towards a winter programme of events and hope to continue year round.”