Delight as the Lakers Club resumes indoor activities

The lifting of Covid-19 restrictions allowed the Lakers Social and Recreation Club to resume its indoor activity program.

he packed schedule includes everything from yoga to dancing, pottery to cooking at the club’s home on Eglinton Road.

However, the local group says it needs more volunteers to help with a range of activities. Like other organisations, they have seen a drop in volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

More volunteers would allow the Lakers to expand the classes they offer and meet high demand for certain activities.

Kathy Baker, Lakers fundraising coordinator, said: “We have waiting lists for some activities and we could run more classes with more volunteers.”

People are especially wanted to help with sports lessons like basketball and bowling. Sports coaches or people with an interest in sports are approached by the club to consider getting involved. Lakers has two full-time instructors and a number of part-time instructors, but volunteers are also needed to help.

Rita has been a volunteer with the Lakers for ten years, helping with weekly bowling lessons. She got involved after her sister, Ann Nolan, started volunteering with the club. Ann is now the head bowling coach.

Up to 40 members participate in the weekly bowling class, which takes place on Tuesday evenings. The class is extremely popular.

“We encourage them and show them how to bowl. We form teams and everyone who bowls is offered the chance to move forward in competition. Those who do are very competitive. They want to win and they are very good,” Rita said.

All members who wish to compete have the opportunity to prepare for national competitions and Special Olympics. However, some regulars attend class to enjoy a game of bowling.

Rita said volunteers are needed to help with the weekly bowling lesson. As parents help, Rita said there is a special need for her. She said she would encourage anyone to get involved with the Lakers.

“People should get involved. I think they’ll get more out of it than they realize.

Through her volunteer work, Rita had the opportunity to take on a full-time role at the front desk.

She said she got a lot more out of volunteering with the Lakers than she gave and would encourage anyone to get involved.

“I like it, it’s not a chore, you come out smiling.”

“Anyone who wants to do it, come, especially those who don’t have anyone involved with the club. That’s the attitude of the members towards life, they just take life and they have a brilliant mix of courses here. “

Volunteers are invited to give two hours a week for a duration of activities, which can last between four and six weeks. They get a huge amount of support from the Lakers staff.

New volunteers are also paired with an experienced instructor or volunteer who can show them the ropes. All volunteers must be vetted by the garda and Lakers staff can initiate this process for those wishing to get involved.

“Going back to school is great, they come in the door smiling,” Rita added.

The club have also received a boost after receiving more than €11,000 from the Sports Capital scheme. The grant will be used by the Lakers to provide indoor gym equipment, as well as basketball and track and field. It will also contribute to modernizing sports equipment and the outdoor sports area.

As part of their fundraiser, the Lakers are holding a clothing drive. People are asked to bring bags of clean clothes to the Old School HSE building on Eglinton Road between 9 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, until February 24. Clothing must be clean and bed linen, pyjamas, towels or underwear cannot be accepted.

Meanwhile, the Lakers Golf Classic will take place at Druid’s Glen Golf Club on Friday, May 27. Although all teams are sold, sponsors still have the opportunity to get involved.

The Lakers Roundwood Run is also set to take place in September, with more details to be announced later.

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