Pitsford Water will be the stage for this year’s RYA Team15 Champions Cup, held over the weekend of 9-10 October at Northampton Watersports Centre.
More than 100 competitors from 10 Team15 outfits from all over Britain will meet for a showdown Grand Final of their summer Team15 action. The competitors, aged 8-15, will battle it out in one of the four T15 classes: open 3.5m, 4.5m, 5.8m and Techno 6.8m.
Inter-club challenge series’ are held in every one of the 10 Team15 regional zones throughout the summer and it is the triumphant club from each of the regional series’ that will descend on Pitsford Water this autumn in a bid to claim the National crown.
Gillian Wright, RYA National Windsurfing Development Officer, said: “The Champions Cup provides the ultimate goal for Team15 clubs. It is the only kids’ team championship event that exists for windsurfing and it is a friendly, family event with fun competition.
“Pitsford Water has a fantastic feel to it, which we felt would suit the atmosphere of the Champions Cup. The facilities looked great and the staff were extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating.”
Local Team 15 club, Pitsford Pirates, narrowly missed out on making the Champions’ Cup final last year but Jon Sweet, RYA Onboard Development Officer for Northamptonshire, insists the Pirates will be doing everything in their power to battle for the trophy on home waters.
Further details as to how you can get involved in Team15 can be found at www.team15.org.uk
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.