Recently, my daughter and I had a wonderful Sunday morning taking part in a Stand Up Paddleboard session with a wonderful project called Girls Together.
This is a brilliant project that aims to provide the women and girls of Cardiff with a variety of locally-based activities, where they can be supported, tutored and aim to increase their physical activity uptake. Girls Together have put on a wide variety of outdoor and sporting activities such as running clubs, Zumba classes, boxing sessions, parent and child yoga, netball and dance classes, to name just a few.
My daughter loves Stand Up Paddleboarding, so she jumped at the chance to have a lesson and improve upon her skills.
The session was for 2 hours, and she learnt how to improve her paddling while on the board, be more comfortable moving about, and get better strokes while on the move. Her favourite part was playing lots of board-based games, that ended up with her falling in the water and getting soaked!
It was lovely to she her mixing with the other women and girls and, I must say, the atmosphere was amazing. It was a very happy and inviting activity, with all ages getting along and learning from each other.
After practice in the flat water area, the group then had half an hour travelling along the River Ely into Cardiff Bay, using their new-found skills and enjoying the beautiful weather, which was very kind to the group all morning!
It was such a positive experience, and it was brilliant to be involved with a project that promotes such fun, exciting activities and experiences to the women and girls in Cardiff.
We discovered a new outdoor activity for my daughter. I hope she goes on to improve her skills, and that we can share new adventures together.