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Set Sail For Adventure At Disability Open Day

Set Sail For Adventure At Disability Open Day

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Adventurous children and adults with disabilities can make some waves next week at Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre.

The centre, based at Yeadon Tarn, will be holding a disability open day on April 28, which will give visitors the chance to use specially adapted equipment to try sailing and rafted canoeing.

And those attending can also try out the centre’s unique artificial cave system, which is the only one of its kind in the country.

Split over two levels, the indoor attraction allows people with and without disabilities to try their hand at caving in a safe environment.

The completely flat bottom level allows wheelchair users and those with limited mobility to experience caving by using trolleys to propel themselves along.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said:

“The Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre is a very special and unusual resource to find in such a big city and we’re incredibly lucky to have it.

“The centre gives people of all ages and abilities the chance to have a go at something different and fun in safe and accessible environment as well as learning new skills and taking part in some great physical activity.

“I hope next week’s event will mean more people with disabilities will come and get out on the water. I’ve tried the cave out for myself too and it’s a brilliant experience so I'd encourage as many people as possible come along and see for themselves what the centre has to offer.”

The open day runs 1pm-5pm and individual sessions are an hour long.

Each session costs £5 and all courses must be pre-booked.

The centre is also offering Disability Outdoor Activity Clubs every Tuesday between May 5 and July 21 from 4pm-5pm for ages 8-16.

For more details, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/sailingcentre or telephone 0113 378 1271.

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