The River Tay Community Sports Hub are inviting all residents of Perth & Kinross to join them on Sunday 5th May, 2024 at high tide from 1.30pm to our ‘Between the Bridges’ Event.

Visitors to the event, our second event of this kind for the Hub, can see everything that happens on the Tay, and learn more about how they can get involved.

The River Tay Community Sports HUB is a collective group of Perth and Kinross water based sports clubs along with Perth Harbour, Willowgate Activity Centre and Sea Cadets. The HUB is facilitated by dedicated Live Active Leisure Sports Development Officer, Stevie Baxter. The HUB’s aim is to bring together sports clubs and community organisations who want to develop and grow the sporting offer on and around the River Tay.  There will be paddling, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and wild water swimming all on the Tay together at high tide at 1:30pm, with an information point set up by the clubs and organisations involved, all on the High Street/Tay Street viewing platform. This year will also see the local fire brigade attend with a fire engine, the stations boat and trailer will also be in attendance where the staff from the station will be providing water safety information and some do’s and dont’s of the river.

Tay Rowing Club will also add some challenging fun to the event where there will be some indoor rowing machines on land where locals can try and row as fast as they can over a set distance, with the quickest individual on the day winning a prize.

Stevie Baxter, Sports Development Officer from Live Active Leisure, told us:

All of the clubs and people that are involved with the River Tay are so passionate about the water and we would like to share both the physical and mental benefits of being out on the water safely can do for any individual no matter if that is in the water as a swimmer or on a boat or canoe, we really do have something for everyone on the River Tay. The setting for the event is on a beautiful stretch of the river between the Queens & Smeatons bridges and want to showcase the sports and the camaraderie between clubs that share the river.

We would like to invite anyone interested in getting involved in any way with the river, to come along and spend time learning about the opportunities – for all ages and all abilities.”

In addition to learning about new club opportunities, there is also advice on using the river safely.

As the summer holidays get underway, the Hub are keen to share their invaluable website resource to inform and educate users on the dangers of using rivers as well as a signpost to clubs and organisations that use the river for their activities, with key safety information included for activities that have become popular since the pandemic, such as outdoor swimming, stand up paddle boarding and jet skiing.


Sea Cadets

Perth Sailing Club

Perth Sub Aqua

Jet-Ski Club

Tay Rowing Club

Perth Canoe Club

Carse Canoe Club

Wild Water Swimmers

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Willowgate Activity Centre

Perth Sub-Aqua Club

Fire Service