Young people from DCH Foyers across Cornwall have been given the opportunity to develop water sports skills through the Sportivate Sea Skills course. The course is led by Cornwall Sports Partnership and based at Fistral Beach, Newquay. Young people who take part in five sessions will be given a wetsuit on completion of the course to encourage them to continue with the sport.
Sportivate provides funding for groups of 12 young people to take up sports and physical activity and contributes towards Cornwall’s Physical Activity Strategy to get 50,000 more people more active by 2020.
Claire Arymar, DCH Housing Support Team Manager said: ‘’We live in a county surrounded by the sea so it is vital that young people know how to be safe in the water. Water sports activities help build self-esteem and have many health benefits. This programme has helped our young people to learn new skills and work well as a team, two DCH staff members are also becoming qualified as an ISA (International Surf Association) Level 1 Surf Instructor. Thanks to Sportivate, we can now continue with these types of activities after the project ends.’’
Stuart Clements, DCH Support Officer said: ‘’I have been running a surf club from Carn Brea Foyer for several years and the young people that take part absolutely love it! It’s amazing to see their confidence and self-esteem grow with each session. When the chance to work with Cornwall Sports Partnership came along I jumped at the chance. The young people involved can try out so many different activities and get a wetsuit after five sessions. I will also be able to become a qualified Level 1 Surf Instructor through Sportivate, which will allow me to continue with the surf club during the winter months, I’d like to say thank you to Cornwall Sports Partnership for providing me with this opportunity.’’
Lewis Sanders, Cornwall Sports Partnership, and Project Coordinator said: ‘’There is a real need to get young people involved in sports. Through this project we can make sure young people are trained and have a better understanding of the sea, meaning they can pursue water sports safely. We also want to encourage them to keep going with water sports during the winter, so providing them with their own wetsuit means that one of the barriers to taking part in sport has been removed. We’ve had great feedback from the first-course session and everyone said they couldn’t wait to come back again.‘’
Foyers provide specialist accommodation and opportunities for young single people aged 16 to 25. As well as providing young people with a roof over their heads, they also give young people a community in which they can grow and thrive.