Youngster who join Debdale Junior Watersports and Activity Club in Gorton, Manchester, will have new opportunities to get on the water this year now it has become an RYA OnBoard Club.

The centre also took part in the Manchester Community Games, which enabled hundreds of young people to try out new sports in the local area.

The conditions on Saturday proved only that predicting weather is not an exact science. Billed as a mild storm, Saturday morning brought instead a stiff breeze that provided a few thrills but fortunately no spills. The day was split into four slots for youngsters to get afloat, beginning promptly at 10:00. Each participant was signed-up, before heading off to get kitted out with splash vest, buoyancy aid and helmet.

Each slot allowed 10 dinghy sailors and 10 canoeists to take to the water. Assistant instructors from the club skippered the Wayfarer dinghies and guided all through the basics of sailing, giving the opportunity for guests to take the helm.

Those present were also able to climb into canoes and kayaks, learning the ropes and enjoying their time on the water.

An instructor from Debdale Outdoor Activity Centre said: "As with all great shows, it's not just the front and centre that's important. Those behind the scenes make sure that things happen where and when they should and the club would like to sincerely thank all parents who volunteered.

"From registration, issuing and returning kit, brewing tea, serving hotdogs and general fetching and carrying. It was great to have so many hands on deck and the whole event worked like clockwork. Since the event, we have received notification that some of those young people who came enjoyed it so much that they are going to join the Junior Club on Saturday mornings. "

You can find out more about the club and their upcoming events by visiting their Twitter page.