Healthy Towns taster sessions for teens

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership has teamed up with a number of local clubs and facilities to provide a range of Try Out activities for teenagers over the mid-term break.

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership has teamed up with a number of local clubs and facilities to provide a range of Try Out activities for teenagers over the mid-term break.

From the relaxing lakeside to fast flowing rivers, dizzying heights to disco lights – there is something for everyone. This is part of a series of programmes organised by KRSP as part of the Irish Times / Pfizer Healthy Towns initiative.

Start your week off by kayaking with Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club on Monday, October 29 at 11am at Greensbridge, Kilkenny. The meeting point is the access point to the river between Greensbridge and Domino’s Pizzas.

The session is open to all over 12 and costs €8. Please bring old shoes to wear while kayaking, a rain coat and a change of clothes (or a wetsuit if you have one).

Get the rhythm going by taking part in the ‘Lets Dance: Leadership Skills’ programme on October 30 and 31 and November 1 from 11am to 2pm daily in the GAA Hall in Mooncoin. The programme will introduce teenagers to the format of a dance class, skills in leading a small group and how to choreograph dances. Participants must be over 14 and have some dance experience.

Or try out the Tree Top Walk, Climbing Wall and Leap of Faith in Castlecomer Discovery Park on Thursday, November 1 at 11.30am. The tree top adventure walk meanders for over 140 meters through the canopy, 10 meters above the ground.

This truly adventurous session is open to all over 12 and costs €10. Check out www.discoverypark.ie for more information and photos and other activities available.

If you would like a more relaxing activity, why not try out an Introduction to Fly Fishing lesson on the lakeside in Castlecomer Discovery Park on Thursday, November 1 at 2pm. Rod hire, flies and instruction are provided to participants with the added bonus of bringing home your supper (two fish per person).

“The theme for the midterm week is Family Fun and families sometimes struggle to find something for older children to do,” said Nicola Keeshan, Sports Co-ordinator KRSP.

“We focused on outdoor activities available in Kilkenny that teenagers may not have the opportunity to take part in.”

Places are limited for each activity and reserved on a first come first paid basis. Book by contacting KRSP on 056-7794990.