MORE than 1,000 Isle of Wight children and hundreds more adults have been getting into the swing of beach sports thanks to the Wight Wave team.

Appley Beach has been at the hub of things as beach soccer, netball, rugby, volleyball and other sports tried out on the sands.

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And what better way to close the summer of events than with the IW Men’s team winning the UK Beach Soccer Super Cup.

The summer on the beach at Appley has been put on by Wight Wave with the support of Ryde Town Council and its partners. 

The Wight Wave team, led by Luke Kerr, were able to deliver multiple sports across multiple ages groups at a time when Sport England has announced activity across all age groups and genders are at an all time low. 

Luke said: “Not only have we all been impacted by Covid in the past 18 months we have all seen extreme weather impacting events too so to say it’s been challenging is an understatement.

“Thanks to the brilliant constant effort by our team of staff, volunteers and officials we’ve been able to deliver multiple events with our crown event being Wight Wave Beach Fest, which over two days saw over 1,000 athletes take to the sand.

“Standout events were the beach netball championships, the UK Beach Tennis Championships and, of course, beach soccer.

“We had to cut some events short due to the weather but last weekend were able to deliver the final edition to close out what has been a colourful series of sports.”