Celtic Team15ers kick off 2010 campaign

Duncan Slater

Team15 action
Team15 action

BATTLE COMMENCES FOR THE TEAM15 CHAMPIONS CUP 2010

This weekend (15-16 May 2010) marks the start of the 2010 Team15 inter-club Championship when Team15ers from Scotland and Wales hit the water for the first rounds of the championship in a bid to make it to the nation final held in October.

Battling it out in the first round at Loch Insh will be local challengers the Loch Insh Monsters, Clyde Barracudas, Monikie Maniacs, East Kilbride Eagles, Tiree Extremes and Strathclyde Mutineers. Having won the Team15 Scottish series three years in a row the Loch Insh Monsters are keen to hold on to their title.

Over in Wales, Llandegfedd Reservoir in Gwent will host an exciting first round in the Welsh Zone seeing last year’s winners the Reservoir Dogs take on the Bay Boardriders, Menai Dragons, Mumbles Mutineers, Surf Dale Super Team15 and the Welsh Windwackers.

Running from May to October, the Team15 Inter-Club Championship will up to see 65 Team15 clubs battle it out across zones. The winning teams at the end of the whole series will represent their zones as they compete in the national Team15 Champions Cup in October.

RYA National Windsurfing Development Officer Gillian Wright says: We are anticipating it being another fantastic series leading up to the Champions Cup in October having had many new Team15 clubs sign up this winter. Competitors’ always put in 100% so we can expect some very close heats this year and many newcomers winning the Merit Awards.”

Supported by industry leaders Tushingham/Starboard, Windsurf magazine, BOARDS magazine, Neil Pryde and Boardwise, T15 was set up by the RYA to help make windsurfing more accessible and appealing to youngsters at a grass roots level.

Fun and informal training sessions take place at T15 clubs all over the country for kids up to the age of 15, which are run weekly by specialist RYA coaches. The T15 inter-club championship takes place regionally over the summer adding a competitive edge and race training for those keen to hone their skills. Kit can be borrowed from the clubs and the cost of sessions is kept low.

To get involved with Team15 and locate your nearest local club visit www.team15.org.uk or contact the RYA 0845 345 0400.

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