Friday, 25 December 2009

Outer Reef Surf School

Pupils from Pembroke and Greenhill schools have been congratulated for their surfing success at an action-packed 5×60 Surf Club Presentation evening.

More than 170 people attended the evening at Greenhill School on Monday, which celebrated the accomplishments of the 5×60 After School Surf Clubs and showed what they have achieved over the last two terms.

Junior Surf Scheme certificates and surf goody bags from Outer Reef Surf School were presented to 150 pupils, and a short film was screened to demonstrate the clubs’ achievements.

Pupils had a chance to go on an indoor surf simulator and compete in a RNLI challenge to see who could put on drysuits and oilskins the quickest, with Tenby surf shop ‘Underground’ donating prizes to the fastest pupils.

The junior surfers also enjoyed looking around stalls from Tenby Lifeboat Station, Tenby beach lifeguards, Surfers against Sewage, Underground and Outer Reef Surf School.

The evening was organised by Wyndham Williams from Sport Pembrokeshire, who also set up the 5×60 After School Surf Clubs at Greenhill and Pembroke two years ago after pupils showed a keen interest in surfing.

“It’s been made possible with the support of Dean Gough from Outer Reef Surf School, and the clubs have really gone from strength to strength over the last two years,” said Wyndham.

Councillor Rob Lewis, Cabinet Member for Cultural Services, Sports, Leisure and Tourism, added: “The surf clubs take advantage of the fantastic blue flag beaches that Pembrokeshire has to offer and their popularity is a great way to engage pupils in physical activity.”

Organised by Sport Pembrokeshire – the sports development arm of Pembrokeshire County Council – the 5×60 project aims to encourage more secondary school children to take part in extra-curricular activities, while getting fit at the same time.