Today (15th December) the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre celebrates six years as a Charity Trust! The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust was formed after 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.
Despite all the challenges that this year has thrown at us, as part of a three-year Sport England funded project and through Making Waves Together we have been privileged to see a Dad take to the water in a kayak with his daughter after learning to swim last winter and we’ve seen a young lady reach the top of our indoors climbing wall through courage and persistence and in her Mum’s words “You guys (Making Waves Together and Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre) have changed our world…for the better so thank you”.
Alex King, Centre Director says:
“Whilst, of course, this year has been like no other for all of us, we have been more fortunate than some Centres in our sector and have been able to provide some on and off water sessions for our local community.
It has, and always will be, at the heart of what we do here at the Centre to ensure that those who want to be able to access the water or try new experiences are able to do so regardless of social, economic or physical constraints. I’m so proud of my team that despite all the challenges faced, we have been able to continue, albeit with very limited capacity, within the restrictions and parameters set during these strange times.
Whilst we await news from the Government about enabling schools to partake in outdoor education residentials at Centres like ours in 2021, we continue to plan for a range of on and off water training, education and recreational sessions for our local community. We look forward to welcoming familiar faces as well as new to the Centre in the months and years to come, and to continue to work alongside our range of partners to enjoy the amazing environment we’re so lucky to have here with Plymouth Sound.”
We really can’t wait to make more ‘Mount Batten Moments’ with you all next year.
Thank you for your continuing support – we do all really appreciate it.