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Poole Park Open Day - 29th March 2013
Poole Park hosts a Spring Open Day on Friday 29th March Rockley will shrug off the winter and officially reopen its Poole Park centre for the 2013 season with a “Spring-Open Day” on Friday 29th March. The centre will then be fully open from Friday 29th March until the end of October. On the Spring-Open Day local residents are invited to come and see what Rockley at Poole Park has to offer. Rockley staff will be organising half-hour sailing taster sessions for children and adults with a special kids-go-free offer! Residents will also have the opportunity to hire out the popular swan pedalos and kayaks. Once again we are very excited about the 2013 season at Poole Park. We have had 6 successful years and we are very much looking forward to another busy year. Our Spring-Open Day is a great opportunity for all local residents, young and old to have a go at getting on the water and best of all, it is affordable, fun and accessible to everyone. The Spring-Open day will run from 11am-3pm and all are welcome to come down and join in the fun.
Visit us at the Outdoors Show
The UK's No.1 show for outdoor pursuits, The Outdoors Show, returns to ExCeL, London from 17 – 20 January 2013. Promising a great family day out, the show provides a fantastic opportunity to buy all the latest clothing and equipment at great prices, as well as offering FREE have-a-go attractions, special guest speakers and more. The Careers Zone offers all the information needed to turn a passion for the outdoors into a career. The zone will feature a stage packed with speakers from all aspects of the outdoors industry, as well as an information area where visitors can talk with a wide range of professionals on a one to one level. Rockley Academy can be found in this zone on stand number OU482, so please pop along and say hello. That’s not quite everything! The Outdoors Show will once again run alongside The London Bike Show, The Active Travel Show and the Tullett Prebon London Boat Show. With a ticket to The Outdoors Show allowing visitors access into all four shows, there will be lots more to see and do, helping to create an entertaining, affordable day out for all visitors.
Rockley attend International Sailing Conference
Poole-based, Rockley International again attended the annual ISAF (International Sailing Federation) Conference, this year held in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland from 1 to 11 November. “As deliverers of the ground-breaking and prestigious ISAF Training Scholarship it is important we attend the conference and it is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other sailing professionals from around the world. It really helps us put Rockley and Poole on the map!” said Peter Gordon, managing director of Rockley. Rockley International’s Richard Percy gave a presentation to the Training and Development Committee to update them on the success of the fourth ISAF Training Scholarship course delivered by Rockley, on behalf of ISAF, at their centre based in Poole. A Training and Development Seminar followed which was open to all conference delegates and which included a question and answer session with Richard and with Julia Shaw one of the recent Scholarship candidates from Vietnam. Richard Percy, Rockley International managing director and ISAF Scholarship coordinator said; “I was delighted to have the opportunity to present at the ISAF conference. The Scholarship course we deliver on behalf of ISAF at Rockley is now in its fourth year and with each cohort of successful candidates we can see how this course is benefiting emerging sailing nations from around the world. I am incredibly proud to be a part of this and very excited for the future of sailing and for the opportunities it will bring to countries we wouldn’t normally think of as sailing nations.” Richard went on to say; “A great example of the legacy and effectiveness of the Scholarship programme can be seen with the inception this year of ‘Sail Africa’ – a new, IOC-funded ISAF initiative which is spearheaded by Rob Holden from South Africa who was one of the candidates on the very first ISAF Training Scholarship course held at Rockley. Sail Africa will involve the 31 African nations not currently members of ISAF and will work to develop sailing within these countries. A fantastic initiative and an exciting and massive opportunity for both the future of sailing and for the continent of Africa!” The annual ISAF conference is currently made up of the 138 member national authorities of the worldwide sailing community and this year attracted nearly 500 delegates. As the world governing body of sailing, ISAF is responsible for developing the racing rules of sailing and regulations for all sailing competitions including managing sailing at the Olympic Games as well as the promotion and development of the sport internationally.
The Blue mile hosted by Rockley Watersports
Poole Park together with Rockley Watersports will be the host venue for this year’s Ecover Blue Mile, Poole event which will take place on Sunday 19th August. Poole Park lies on the shores of the largest inland saltwater lake in the UK and offers the ideal environment for you to experience watersports either for the first time or for shorter taster. As part of the nationwide Join In! Weekend, we want to invite as many people as possible to Poole Park to take part in the Ecover Blue Mile Poole event and raise some funds for WWF to help protect our rivers and seas.
Something for Everyone
We have linked up with Rockley, Naish UK, Sorted Surf Shop and Fatyak Kayaks to bring you a fantastic fundraising event that will feature stand up paddleboard and kayak sprint races and the Ecover Blue Mile. Everyone can sign up to take part and all equipment will be provided on the day.
Format and Programme
The day will be split into a morning session (10am-1pm) and an afternoon session (2pm-5pm) to give as many people as possible the opportunity to join in. You will be assigned a race number for both the Ecover Blue Mile and a Sprint Event. The winner of each race will go through to the Grand Final which will start at 17:00 hrs where the Medal Places will be finalised. There will be Prizes for Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Ecover Invitational Race (Pro-riders Only)
If getting wet is just not your thing, then come down to Poole Park at midday and watch the Ecover Invitational SUP Pro – an exhibition race for pro stand up paddle riders, who will battle it out over the Ecover Blue Mile course. There will also be some pro-riders around throughout the day to provide tips and technique demonstrations.
WWF is the official charity partner of the Ecover Blue Mile and we encourage all participants who sign up to participate, to create a JustGiving Page and to ask their friends and family to sponsor them. All donations will go towards supporting the work carried out by WWF to protect our rivers and seas.
Poole Park Open Day - Sunday 25th March
Sunday 25th March will be the official re-opening by Rockley of the Watersports at Poole Park. Younger, local residents will have the chance try dinghy sailing, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and other watersports for FREE between 11am and 3pm on Sunday 25th March! Since Rockley opened the watersports in Poole Park in 2007 it has provided more than 20,000 activity sessions to Dorset-based school children, with many schools making it part of their weekly physical education activities. Also, thanks to the availability of taster sessions and boat hire for sailing, windsurfing and kayaking it has welcomed many adults and families too. Rockley Watersports managing director, Peter Gordon said of the day: “We are thrilled to be able to host our 5th Open Day at Poole Park so that local people can try out the watersports that we offer. We are passionate about trying to get more people on the water, in 2011 more than 400 people gave it a go during our Opening Day and we look forward to welcoming even more this year!” Rockley at Poole Park is open from March to October for all, with the opportunity to try short courses in sailing, windsurfing or short hire of kayaks, pedalo, windsurf, sailing or rowing boat equipment. For further information please visit www.poolepark.com
BRAND NEW COURSES FOR 2012
We are delighted to be launching two brand new courses to our 2012 programme at our French Watersports holiday centre – an Introduction to Racing course and a Multi Watersports Activity week which will offer a taste of all our main activities from dinghy sailing and windsurfing to kayaking and for something a bit drier – biking along the forest trails.”
“Feedback from our families over the last couple of years has overwhelmingly said how much they enjoy our training programmes but they would love to have the option of a couple of extra courses.”
Peter went on to say, “Our families are keen that we offer something to those looking to understand club racing, to help make the most of their new found abilities and keep sailing after their return home and something for those just getting started in watersports but unsure which activity they wish to concentrate on.
We have listened and we have responded!”
Having caught the bug for sailing on a holiday or course it can be hard to know where to go next and how to continue to progress your new skills and enthusiam. In many cases the easiest way to get involved is to join the racing fleet at your local sailing club, either in your own boat or crewing for someone else. Rockley’s Introduction to Racing course is aimed at those new to racing who want an insight into the skills required to make that process less intimidating and ensure you will be a useful helm or valued crew. The new course is suitable for youths (12-16yrs) and adults (16+) and will run over 5 days, using a variety of single, double hander and multihull dinghies covering a variety of topics from how a race is structured, to tactics and strategy to help maximise your performance.
If you like the idea of trying watersports but are not sure which one will best suit you Rockley’s 5 day Multi Activity course aims to get everyone (10+ yrs) on the water giving them a taste of dinghy and catamaran sailing, windsurfing and kayaking there’s even bike trail riding to explore the vast pine forests of Les Landes. This is a less formal course with plenty of tips and advice from the Rockley instructor team and gives families the opportunity to take part in activities together.
Peter said; “As a company we are always looking at new ways of encouraging children and adults to have a go at sailing and to get on the water. With the Olympics just around the corner our focus will be on getting people enjoying being on the water as the whole country gets excited about sailing and behind Team GBR.”
London Boat Show Offer
The Tullet Prebon London Boat Show runs from 6th to 15th January 2012 at Excel Centre, London. This year's show, back in January, was a great success. Not only were we exhibiting but we also ran the public 'have-a-go' sessions on the fantastic indoor Watersports pool and assisted with the wakeboarding, which was a great addition to the Show features. This year we are talking an even bigger stand overlooking the pool, hosting boats from RS Sailing, Topper and Laser, so please come and say hello. You can order your Boat Show tickets online for a special price of only £14.00, but you must quote reference RW12
Early Booking Offer
All bookings received before December 22nd get 5% discount off 2011 prices as well as a free Rockley Rash Vest or T-shirt. We are already getting lots of bookings for next year, especially the RYA Dinghy Instructor and RYA Senior Instructor courses, so it is worth booking early to get the dates you want plus of course to get a better price!
Over 120 Children make a Splash at Rockley!
The beginning of July saw 122 kids and 14 teachers from The British School in the Netherlands (BSN) take to the water at their flagship centre , Rockley Point in Poole.
BSN have been bringing over 100 children aged 14 years to Rockley annually for the past 30 years to enjoy a week of activities on and off the water. The school provides a British education for approximately 1500 students of different nationalities from ages 3-19 years.
The children enjoyed four days of RYA sailing and the final day was spent canoeing and powerboating. During the evenings a variety of activities were planned including an offshore fishing trip, a trip to the local waterflume park at Splashdown, an evening of bowling and a trip to the cinema.
The children and teachers were enthusiastic as ever and Rockley are already looking forward to next year's trip!
Rockley Watersports Launches Brand New Website
Dorset based Rockley has just launched its brand new watersports website which features everything you need to know about RYA watersports courses and training in the UK and Family Holidays in France. Rockley worked closely with local web designers, Beetleweb, to develop a brief for the new website to create a better user experience for its customers incorporating a new, bespoke and easy-to-use online booking system. The website is part of Rockley’s ongoing development of all its brands and follows the launch of previous websites: Rockley Adventure (School and Group Activity Trips), Rockley Academy (Professional Watersports and Instructor Training) and Rockley International (Consultancy for National Authorities and Federations).
The Company has been developing the products and services it offers quite considerably over the past few years and have created specific brand identities to reflect this. The new Watersports website has a very different feel to the other websites which is intended to appeal to the Company's target markets. It’s easy to navigate, will keep you up to date on all the latest news and offers and allows you to book your courses online with ease.
Visit the brand new website: www.rockleywatersports.com
Part of this summer’s Join In! WeekendPoole Park together with Rockley Watersports will be the host venue for this year’s Ecover Blue Mile, Poole event which will take place on Sunday 19th August. Poole Park lies on the shores of the largest inland saltwater lake in the UK and offers the ideal environment for you to experience watersports either for the first time or for shorter taster. As part of the nationwide Join In! Weekend, we want to invite as many people as possible to Poole Park to take part in the Ecover Blue Mile Poole event and raise some funds for WWF to help protect our rivers and seas.Something for Everyone We have linked up with Rockley, Naish UK, Sorted Surf Shop and Fatyak Kayaks to bring you a fantastic fundraising event that will feature stand up paddleboard and kayak sprint races and the Ecover Blue Mile. Everyone can sign up to take part and all equipment will be provided on the day.The Join In! weekend is on the 18th and 19th August and includes the Ecover Blue Mile, Poole event. Join In!is a golden opportunity to capture the enthusiasm for local sport that the Olympic and Paralympic Games will generate. So join us at the Ecover Blue Mile, Poole event and be part of the UK’s biggest celebration of Sport.Format and ProgrammeThe day will be split into a morning session (10am-1pm) and an afternoon session (2pm-5pm) to give as many people as possible the opportunity to join in. You will be assigned a race number for both the Ecover Blue Mile and a Sprint Event. The winner of each race will go through to the Grand Final which will start at 17:00 hrs where the Medal Places will be finalised. There will be Prizes for Gold, Silver and Bronze.Ecover Invitational Race (Pro-riders Only)If getting wet is just not your thing, then come down to Poole Park at midday and watch the Ecover Invitational SUP Pro – an exhibition race for pro stand up paddle riders, who will battle it out over the Ecover Blue Mile course. There will also be some pro-riders around throughout the day to provide tips and technique demonstrations.FundraisingWWF is the official charity partner of the Ecover Blue Mile and we encourage all participants who sign up to participate, to create aJustGiving Page and to ask their friends and family to sponsor them. All donations will go towards supporting the work carried out by WWF to protect our rivers and seas.RegistrationPlaces are limited due to equipment availability, so we strongly recommend that you book your place in advance of the weekend. If you are new to stand up paddle boarding or kayaking, don’t let this put you off. There will also be some free taster and demonstration sessions available throughout the course of the day.