North Yorkshire Sailing Club Inspires Next Generation!
Posted: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:11
Thornton Steward Sailing Club in North Yorkshire is on course to inspire the next generation after gaining RYA OnBoard accreditation for its work with children and young people.
OnBoard is a national grassroots scheme run by the Royal Yachting Association to give anyone aged 8-18 the chance to discover sailing and windsurfing through low cost opportunities for schools, youth groups and families.
John Pilgrim, Senior Instructor at Thornton Steward SC, said: "We'd like as many children as possible to have the chance to get on the water. OnBoard is about more than just sailing. Young people also benefit from all the added life skills that come with it like confidence, teamwork, communication and determination. Our sessions are run by fully qualified instructors and once they let go of the boat, it's perhaps the first time in their life they have true independence."
Pupils from St Nicholas CE Primary School in West Tanfield spent a day at Thornton Steward SC in July to celebrate the end of their academic year, while Carmel College in Darlington and Aysgarth School in Bedale will both be returning to the club for weekly sessions this summer following a successful programme of sailing last year.
Carmel College Principal Mike Shorten said: "At Carmel College we are very excited about the OnBoard announcement and hope it will help in encouraging more students to get on the water and benefit from learning to sail."
A junior club will also be running at Thornton Steward every Sunday from the end of April to September. Children don't need to have taken a course and the first session is free for any from the local community who'd like to see if sailing is for them before joining. Among the regulars are children from Catterick Garrison, which shares the water with the club.
Thornton Steward SC is a recognised RYA Training Centre, meaning it conforms to the highest standards of safety and quality, and it is now one of 24 sailing clubs and watersports centres across the North East region to have gained OnBoard status.
Hannah Cockle, OnBoard Operations Officer, said: "It's great to welcome Thornton Steward SC to the OnBoard programme. Getting out on the water has a huge amount of benefits, no matter what your age, background or ability. We look forward to working with the club and the local community to get as many people as possible enjoying our great sport."
Doe Park Water Activities Centre, Bradford Council's specialist outdoor education centre, also recently gained RYA OnBoard accreditation. Since 2005, OnBoard has introduced nearly 900,000 young people across the country to sailing and windsurfing.