Twenty one years ago today, the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre was officially opened on the Mount Batten peninsula to provide education, recreational and leisure water and land based activities and experiences to the local community and schools from across the country and abroad.
As one of the foremost Outdoor Education Centres in the South West, the Centre has welcomed thousands of people through the doors in its twenty one years, however the current pandemic means that the Centre is sadly currently closed to all but existing boat and kayak storage members, Clubs and Affiliates (with all social distancing guidelines in place).
Alex King, Centre Director since January 2011 says:
“It is my privilege to be the Centre Director at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre and it is testament to my small team that we have been able to cope with many different situations and scenarios over the years, and not least, the current situation we all find ourselves in.
There really is nothing better than hearing the fun and laughter of hundreds of school children experiencing watersports for the first time each summer term, or seeing people who were reluctant to even get their feet wet trying Stand-Up Paddleboarding for the first time in a safe and sheltered environment, or seeing a fleet leaving the Centre for a regatta out in the Sound or the gigs all lined up ready to compete against each other.
There are so many ‘Mount Batten Moments’ each year that there’s just too many to mention and we really can’t wait to be able to experience many more with our customers when it is safe for us to reopen the Centre.”
In late 2014, the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre was granted Charity status, the Centre had previously been run as a not-for-profit organisation.
Successfully satisfying the strict criteria governed by Charity Law, the Centre has always considered the ‘advancement of education’ and the ‘advancement of amateur sport’ at its core and ‘to promote, sustain and increase individual and collective knowledge and understanding of specific areas of study, skills and expertise.’
The Centre also satisfies the criteria of ‘public benefit requirement’ – as one of the leading Watersports and Activities Centres in the South West, the Mount Batten Centre provides activities, courses and programmes that both individuals, clubs and event organisers greatly benefit from.
In its twenty one years the Centre has played its part in large scale sailing events, both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and will continue to do so in the years ahead with fixtures being discussed currently into 2022 and beyond.
The Centre is excited to support the city’s aspirations for Plymouth Sound to become the UK’s first National Marine Park, which, will of course, continue to benefit the local community and beyond who want to be able to engage, learn and experience watersports in a safe, fun and memorable way here in Britain’s Ocean City.
** Please note that the Centre remains closed to all but existing boat/kayak members. All COVID-19 updates can be found at: www.mount-batten-centre.com/covid-19-updates/