Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust
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 in its sixteen years of operation 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 satisfied 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.
Alex King, General Manager at the Centre said “With our newly established Charity status we will be able to access funding and grants, and benefit from tax relief, enabling us to increase our offering and make further improvements to the Centre, ensuring that all of our activities continue to be for the benefit of the Plymouth, and wider, community.
Our new Charity status is much more than a formality – whilst I’m sure many of our customers already thought we were a Charity, the difference between operating now as one compared to a not-for-profit will benefit our current, and new, customers, now and in the future."
With the Centre's new found Charity status, opportunities to apply for grants and funding have been opened up and the Centre has recently been successful in securing a grant from the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation to enable more young people with moderate or severe physical disabilities in Plymouth to get out on the water and enjoy sailing. You can read more here.
The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust is now eligible to be included on Give as you Live and the Centre hopes that many of its supporters, members and affiliates will choose the Centre when they shop online enabling the Centre to get more people enjoying activities.
The Centre is also working in association with Radio Plymouth to 'Recycle for Rewards' and all Plymouth Primary Schools are being encouraged to get involved to earn credit for their school to 'spend' on activities here at the Centre.
Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust, Charity number 1159633