Spring / Summer 2021 (Active Now)
Free Watersports Activities at Edgbaston Reservoir
Would you like to try Sailing, windsurfing or Paddle-boarding?
Sail Birmingham is running free sessions for adults with a disability, mental health condition and older people (over 55), no previous experience is required.
Disability Access Sailing Dinghies make sailing easy, fun and safe. They are suitable for people with a wide range of physical or learning disabilities. You can either go out in a boat on your own, or with a family member or carer. Other boats are also available for more able-bodied participants. But they all give you the same thrill of being out on the water.
Paddle-boarding requires more physical mobility but you can sit, kneel or stand on Paddle-boards and it’s very quick to learn how to do it.
All activities take place outside and Sail Birmingham has implemented Social Distancing and hand and equipment sanitizing procedures to help minimise any risks.
Sailing and Paddle-boarding sessions can be arranged for individuals or small groups from Tuesdays to Fridays at a time that suits you.
Follow on sessions can then be arranged and you can learn more techniques at your own pace.
Please call, text or e-mail Phil Reeves (Sail Birmingham Manager) if you’d like to find out more, book a session or just come down and have a look.
“It was really easy learning to steer the boat with the joystick. It was so lovely to be sailing on the water. I will definitely come back.” Patrick aged 75
Sail Birmingham is run by Midland Sailing Club, which is an approved RYA Training and Sailability Centre, specialising is sailing for people with disabilities. There are disabled access toilet, shower and changing room facilities.
These activities are part of the ‘Sailing For All’ Project and funded by Birmingham City Council’s Prevention and Communities Programme.
Spring / Summer 2021 (Active Now)
Silver Foxes – Come and take some regular timeout doing something you enjoy!
Silver Foxes is for everyone aged over 50+, normally everyone will have done watersports before but it’s not essential – just let us know. You can get help launching your boat, help and advise on sailing techniques, try a new watersport, and of course, meet new people and be more social!
Equipment is available for hire and all safety equipment is available free of charge. We have a disability access pontoon that makes getting into and out of boats very easy. Sessions run from 10 until 12 on Tuesday mornings followed by tea or coffee & cake in the galley afterwards – Booking is preferred.
These sessions will start up again on the 20th April and will be inline with all the current Covid-19 restrictions. If you would like any more information please fill in a contact form which you can do by click here
28th August 11 am – 3 pm 2020
Syrian Family ‘Free Discover Watersports’ Afternoon
Come and enjoy an afternoon at Edgbaston Reservoir with Free Introduction to Sailing and Paddle-boarding sessions, you must be 10 years and above to take part.
Free nature walks in the Local Nature Reserve for All ages also available, so bring a picnic and enjoy relaxing by the water. Social-distancing is essential, and places are limited to 30 (children under 5 do not need to be registered).
Please book online with everyone that is 10 years and over that will be taking part in the activities so that we can make sure we do not break the Government Guidelines.
Booking will open nearer the time.
There is free car parking on site and by using the address below you will be able to find us very easy.
Midland Sailing Club
Icknield Port Road
Bus-fares will be reimbursed when the receipt is presented, the 80 and 80 A bus route is the ones you need to get to our location and then the Summerfield Crescent Bus Stop
For more information call Phil Reeves: 07894 434313 or firstname.lastname@example.org
19th July 2020 (Postponed)
Nowka Bais Bangladeshi Boat Race
We are pleased to be one of the principle supporters of the Nowka Bais Bangladeshi Boat Race which is held annually at Midland Sailing Club. We run free sailing taster sessions for children and adults throughout the day, which are always popular. The event is attended by over 10,000 people mainly from the Bangladeshi community, and it’s a great opportunity to breakdown some of the barriers around sailing and widen access to the sport.
The next Nowka Bais is due to take place on Sunday 19th July 2020, and we hope that Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted by then. For more information click here