The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre will celebrate five years as a Charity Trust on Sunday 15th December. 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.
During the past five years the Trust has been able to access grants and funding to enable over nine hundred and fifty children, young adults and parents/guardians across the City and beyond to enjoy and experience land and water based activities which may have been previously unavailable to them.
Some projects that the Centre have been able to provide as a Charity Trust have included delivering respite care to young carers by working with BBC Children in Need and local charity, Friends and Family of Special Children, for the past three years to enable these amazing young people to be with their peers who understand what it’s like to be a carer and ‘just get it’ whilst enjoying a variety of activities.
In September the Centre were able to open ‘The Boathouse Climb’, a new facility that now provides inclusive climbing opportunities for children from Plymouth with special educational needs and physical disabilities. The Sport England Community Asset Fund, The Peter Harrison Foundation, The ACT Foundation, The Foxglove Trust and Lodge of Prudence No. 1550 Caerphilly were the five funding and grant partners which have enabled the Centre to build this inclusive facility on-site.
Throughout 2019 the Centre has worked with a number of partners across the city to facilitate the Making Waves Together project to deliver on-water family themed activities for families who live in the PL1 and PL2 areas of Plymouth or have a child(ren) attending the Plymouth School of Creative Arts. A range of Coastal Safety programmes have also been facilitated for the local community as a result of the Making Waves Together partnership, funded by the National Lottery’s Awards for All funding stream.
Alex King, Centre Director says:
“At the heart of what we do here at the Centre is ensuring that those who want to be able to access the water or try new experiences are able to regardless of social, economic or physical constraints.
As a Charity Trust we have been able to access funding and grants previously unavailable to us as a not-for-profit organisation and the results have been life changing for those participants who can now enjoy these activities.
We live and work in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, and with plans in place to establish the UK’s first ever National Marine Park, it has always been so important to us that those who want to be able to enjoy the water are able too.”