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Two years after its launch, the world’s only inland community surf club is thriving in the Conwy Valley

Clwb Syrffio Dyffryn Conwy has helped local youngsters find skilled employment and develop ‘transformational’ life skills

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  • Clwb Syrffio offers low-cost surfing to youngsters in the Conwy Valley
  • Learners benefit from peer mentors and expert surf coaching
  • 15 young people have gained lifeguard, instructor & first aid qualifications through the surf club
  • Six young surfers from the club are now employed by Surf Snowdonia

Less than two years after its launch the world’s only inland community surf club - Clwb Syrffio Dyffryn Conwy - is celebrating an array of achievements, including helping six of its members find employment at one of the UK’s most exciting adventure destinations.

The club, which was born out of a partnership between the community, local charity The Outdoor Partnership, Conwy County Borough Council and Surf Snowdonia, is based at Surf Snowdonia – the world-first inland surf lagoon in the heart of the Conwy Valley, North Wales. It offers low cost surf coaching to youngsters aged 8 to 18.

“We founded the club with an emphasis on inclusion and we welcome members of all abilities and aptitudes, but we don’t see why that isn’t compatible with a strong development ethos” said Jon Williams, the club secretary. “It’s an opportunity to equip our youngsters with all sorts of transformational life skills, surfing is really just the start of it.”

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It is an approach that has already delivered significant results. Six of the club’s members - Lewis Smith, Tomos Land, Kiana Brown, Finn Watkins, Cara Michael and Adam Hutin - have passed nationally recognised lifeguarding and first aid qualifications supported by the club and its partners. They are now employed by Surf Snowdonia in a variety of roles.

Clwb Syrffio’s members, who currently number 26 boys and 20 girls, meet at 8am every Saturday morning to train on Surf Snowdonia’s man-made waves. Surf Snowdonia donates its waves and equipment to the club without charge, and club members are coached by volunteers from Surf Snowdonia’s coaching team. Membership is £12.50 per year per child and then £5 per week for coaching.

It is an approach that has already delivered significant results. Six of the club’s members - Lewis Smith, Tomos Land, Kiana Brown, Finn Watkins, Cara Michael and Adam Hutin - have passed nationally recognised lifeguarding and first aid qualifications supported by the club and its partners. They are now employed by Surf Snowdonia in a variety of roles.

Clwb Syrffio’s members, who currently number 26 boys and 20 girls, meet at 8am every Saturday morning to train on Surf Snowdonia’s man-made waves. Surf Snowdonia donates its waves and equipment to the club without charge, and club members are coached by volunteers from Surf Snowdonia’s coaching team. Membership is £12.50 per year per child and then £5 per week for coaching.

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