A monthly youth night is being launched at the West Wight Sports Centre thanks to a grant of almost £10,000.
The Saturday night café will offer a host of sports including swimming, trampolining, basketball, badminton and table tennis as well as Xbox Kinnect and crafts. There are also plans to include activities such as self-defence, and Tae Kwon-do, with John Cattle from Wight Trash already booked in to run a skateboarding session in March.“Sport isn’t all about getting fit, it’s a great way to have some fun with your friends and develop confidence and self-esteem” explains Clare Griffin, manager of the sports centre. “The new youth café gives young people the chance to try out lots of different sports for just £2. Or if they just want to hang out in the café and chat, that’s fine too.”
The West Wight Youth café has been funded by sported. One of the UK’s leading 2013 legacy organisations empowering community groups to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people through sport.
It is also being supported by the Isle of Wight Council’s Youth Service. Youth workers will be joining in the activities and be there to chat to. There will also be opportunities to work towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award and become a young volunteer within youth projects.
The café will be open to those aged 12 and over (in school year 8) on the second Saturday of the month between 6.30pm and 8.30pm. It kicks off on Saturday 9thFebruary, then March 9th, April 13th and May 11th.
For all the latest news on what will be happening at the youth café follow it on Facebook (West Wight Youth Cafe) and Twitter (@wwyouthcafe)
Isle of Wight Milk has been launched successfully after two IW Dairy Cows visited Cowes Co-op to launch the new brand of milk.
Local Milk is now available in shops across the island, and both Co-op and Tesco supermarkets.
IW Dairy Farmers Ltd are now asking for the help of the public to go into stores and ask for IW Milk.
Louise Hart said ‘we are really pleased with the support we have received from Tesco and The Southern Co-operative and we are working closely with many more supermarkets in a effort to keep the milk our cows produce here on the Island. Currently over 80% of milk we produce here is sent away to the mainland, passing mainland milk on the Solent. Without a demand for IW Milk then there is no need for IW Cows to live here and graze our rolling green pastures’
Please support the campaign by signing our petition www.thewightstuff.org or by asking for IW milk in your local shop.
Follow us on twitter @IWDairyFarmers or visit us on Facebook IW Dairy Farmers
Sharon Lake a qualified Holistic Therapist and aroma-therapist is the Founder and Director of Naturally Wight Ltd a business based on the Isle of Wight that hand-makes a natural skincare range using local natural spring water and high quality natural and organic ingredients
In June 2012 Naturally Wight Ltd scooped the prestigious Green Parent magazine’s Natural Beauty Award 2012 for the 2nd year running for their Organic Mandarin Face and Body Scrub; in 2011 it was their Organic Baby Oil that scooped the award against hundreds of other entries. Sharon was also a finalist at the Mumpreneur Awards in Birmingham on 30th September where she won the highly commended award for Best Green Business. Sharon’s philosophy is “if it’s good enough to eat, then it’s safe enough to put on my skin — Customers are realising the benefits of using these natural products; with many finding an improvement and even elimination of long term chronic skin conditions.”
Naturally Wight Skincare is an affordable, high quality, natural skincare range suitable for all skin types. Sharon also offers Naturally Wight Facials and Aromatherapy massage and body treatments.
For more information visit www.naturallywight.co.uk or 0791713529
Enjoy the experience of teaching your baby to swim with Water Babies, leading baby swimming experts and winners of 5 national awards as ‘Best National baby and Toddler Activity’. And with 7 teachers from Hampshire making it into the national final for ‘most outstanding activity leader for the under 5s’ it’s a record!
Water Babies have created a course that will teach your child a core life skill, confidence in the water and ultimately, the ability to swim. Classes provide a structure and stimulating activity for your baby and you, using words association, games and songs.
Classes in Cowes are held at UKSA on a Thursday and a Saturday. Our new beginners classes will start week beginning 19th November 2012. For further information please checkout our website on www.waterbabies.co.uk or call us on 01983 717005.
Adult Learners Week
Tuesday 15th May 10am til 12 noon
Bodster Equine Assisted Learning Centre offers a unique opportunity to enjoy fantastic interaction on the ground with gentle ponies in beautiful surroundings on the Isle of Wight. Under full instruction and supervision you will soon be learning how to communicate with ponies and develop your self-esteem and self- confidence. Based on the Isle of Wight, interactions with our ponies at Bodster is a unique and exhilarating activity guaranteed to provide you with fun, adventure and a great sense of achievement. Our sessions are safe, exhilarating and eco-friendly. There is no riding involved but work includes leading ponies safely, completing team building exercises, learning how to have a horse follow you in a round pen because it wants to be with you and developing an understanding of Natural horsemanship where you can enjoy tasks either on your own or with your family. Spend an ideal family morning or afternoon in a peaceful setting here at Aldermoor farm, Upton Road, Ryde. We work with anyone aged 6 years to 60 years of age and can help anyone build self esteem and confidence. you do not need to have had anything to do with ponies before. The session is for 2 hrs and involves working with the ponies on the gorund. No riding involved.
wear old clothes and warm clothing and sensible footwear it is outside event.
How to book
Ring us on 07790305108 Jo Boddington
We’re open throughout the Easter period with the exception of Easter Sunday. Opening hours as follows:
Good Friday 1000 – 1500
Easter Saturday 1000 – 1600
Easter Sunday closed
Easter Monday 1000 – 1600
We have plenty to do here throughout the school holidays – here’s a taster:
Monday April 2nd 0900 – 1100 – Easter Egg-Citing Footy Fun ! This is for school years 6 – 8 (age 11 – 13) and is a indoor football kickabout with coach, Luke Flux. Cost is £3, but includes a free swim afterwards at 1100. It has proved to be very popular in the last holidays so we urge you to book your space early.
Snorkelling – Tuesdays and Thursdays each week 1000 – 1100 Learn how to snorkel in the comfort and safety of our pool.
Tots and Toddlers Family swim Friday 13th April 1000 – 1045 – a fun swim session led by an instructor for tots and toddlers and their older brothers or sisters (parents as well!)
Parent and Baby swim session – Tuesdays and Thursdays each week 1000 – 1045 – games, songs and lots and lots of fun led by an instructor
Raft Racing – Wednedays 4th and 11th April – Play at being a pirate on our specially made rafts
Special discounted rates for the sports hall apply 0900 – 1700 Monday to Saturday £4.40 for one court or just £11.00 for the whole hall. Why not get your mates to together for a kick about?
We’ll also be providing swimming lessons with either Gay or Shirley each week – but places are limited so book as soon as possible to guarrantee a place
Mini Movers in the sports hall is now every Wednesday and Friday (except Good Friday). This fantastic session is for pre-school children and gives them opportuities to learn and develop movement and skils in a the space of our sports hall and with lots of fun and colourful equipment.
CALLING ALL TEENAGERS…coming soon….on July 28th ..the first ever West Wight TEEN TRIATHLON. Find out more at www.westwight.co.uk
Want to be part of the Olympic legacy and become a sporting hero? Sign up to Sportmakers at www.sportmakers.co.uk We’re hosting a workshop here on April 17th – book through their site.
We’re delighted to welcome the Sandown and Shanklin Lions Club to West Wight Sports Centre on Saturday March 31st for their annual SWIMARATHON. This great community event is an opportunity to bring people together, taking part in a fun competition whilst raising money for charity at the same time. This is the Swimarathon’s 30th anniversary so it’s even more exciting that they’ve decided to bring it to West Wight Sports Centre for the first time and that one of the chosen charities is the charity that runs the Centre – West Wight Sports Centre Trust.
But what does it involve?……Teams of 6 people get together and swim in a relay for one hour. Each team nominates a charity of it’s choice and money raised will be split between that charity and the Lions nominated charity. There’s prizes in different categories for those that want to get competitive!
It’s open to all ages – so you could do it as a family, a school, youth group, club or just as a group of friends. There’s no minimum sponsorship required and you can choose your own charity to split the funds with.
To find out more contact Steve Raybould on 07834680374, have a look at the Lions Club website or pick up an entry form from reception at the Centre
Look forward to seeing you!