The very active Eastwood & East Kilbride Canoe Club has a new home base at Strathclyde Country Park loch where EEKCC has joined forces with the successful Strathclyde Loch Sailing Club.
Club chairman Gavin Howat, a resident of East Kilbride told us “We are a very active and forward looking club and have felt the need for some time to have a place to call home. Our new association with SLSC gives us our first physical home base and clubhouse in a prime location.”
The club will now share the SLSC clubhouse located within Strathclyde Park. The clubhouse offers the 80 plus EEKCC members aged from 8 to, well, let’s say over 60, a kitchen, a lounge and teaching facilities for on-land canoe and kayak training. Members will also have access to the changing and shower facilities in the adjacent watersports centre. The new base also affords paddlers ready access to the River Clyde.
“We have a very progressive Club Development Program and recently achieved Silver Accreditation with South Lanarkshire Council and have been made a Scottish Canoe Association ‘focus club’ for 2015, during which we will be working to further develop the club and to achieve Gold Accreditation.” Gavin tells us.
EEKCC, which is active all-year-round in canoe, whitewater river kayaking and sea kayaking, also has regular sessions at Glasgow’s new Pinkston Paddlesports Centre where the whitewater paddlers can test their skills on the slalom and rapids course. Both the club and its members regularly organise day trips in the various disciplines and often have paddle/camp weekends. Some of the more adventurous paddlers organise week-long adventures such as the Slate Islands or to the Inner Hebrides.
In a few weeks, May 22-24, the club will have its annual sea kayaking and camping weekend on the beautiful white sands of Arisaig. A trip suitable for paddlers of all levels from beginners to the more advanced.
The club also regularly supplies experienced on-water safety for events such as The Great Scottish Swim and the Strathclyde Park Triathlon. EEKCC is also proud to be involved in National Para Sports ‘Come & Try Day’, run by Scottish Disability Sport, at Strathclyde Park on Saturday 27th June (10.00 – 15.00).
The club is very welcoming to new members and offers individual and family memberships. Coaching is provided by British Canoe Union qualified coaches and members have free access to an extensive range of club canoes, kayaks and equipment, so they can try the different disciplines.
The club’s first session at its new base at Strathclyde Park took place on 1st May where club nights run every Friday (19.00-21.00) through the spring and summer before the club switches to its winter quarters at Hamilton Water Palace on Friday nights (20.30 – 22.00) throughout the autumn and winter months.
Gavin added “We are also very active socially with BBQs, adventure weekends and events such as climbing wall evenings.”
For more information, visit – www.eekcc.com