College Set to Splash out with New Sports Funding9th May 2013
City College - Maritime Challenge 2009
Students will make waves when a range of new water-based activities go on offer this year through City College Southampton.
For the first time ever, students from the college will be able to try out sailing, powerboating, kayaking and rowing at Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC) as part of their student enrichment programme.
It is hoped that around 900 learners will try their hand at the water sports over three years.
The college has been awarded a £119,700 National Lottery boost from Sport England’s Further Education Activation Fund.
The initiative was influenced by Britain's great sporting achievements in 2012, particularly at the Olympics, together with the great facilities available at Active Nation SWAC and local links to the marine industry.
City College Southampton will manage and monitor the new project in partnership with SWAC and Itchen College, whose students will also benefit from water sports tuition.
The partnership is supported by Sport Hampshire & Isle of Wight and Southampton City Council Leisure Client Team and is set to start in September this year.
Lindsey Noble, CEO of City College, said: “This is wonderful news and City College Southampton is delighted to be able to offer its students the opportunity to participate in these exhilarating water sports.”
Partnership manager Ross McClean, from Active Nation SWAC, said: “We look forward to teaching more young people, who would not usually have access to these activities, some new skills on the water.”
Mark Hughes, Learning Area Manager of Uniformed Public Services at Itchen Sixth Form College added: “It’s a privilege to join this partnership that will see dozens of our students use the very best of a significant local resource. We are grateful to Sport England for its continued support for FE students in the South, and its recognition that enrichment brings results both in and out of the classroom.”
The move has been welcomed by Hampshire businessman, Ed Gould, who in 2011 embarked on an adventure to the Arctic Circle on a RIB in a bid to encourage more people to take part in powerboating.
He said: "Anything that encourages young people to get into powerboating, sailing and other water sports is great news. We are blessed here on the south coast to have some of the finest waters in the country and I hope the improved access will create more sporting stars and continue the Olympic legacy."