Over two hundred children from various organisations across the city enjoyed their May half term by sailing with Plymouth Youth Sailing and kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and indoor climbing at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre as part of the postponed Sailors of Tomorrow programme.

Nearly a year after they were due to set sail as participants in the programme in partnership with Plymouth Argyle Community Trust and as part of the delayed Mayflower 400: Get Active initiative, children from Friends and Families of Special Children, Pembroke Street Youth Centre and Plymouth City Council Young Carers took to the water with sailing instruction from Plymouth Youth Sailing and paddlesport lessons, as well as indoor climbing lessons, from the Centre team.

Kerry Powell-Tuckett, Senior Professional Youth Worker at Honicknowle Youth and Community Centre commented:

“For many of our young carers this is their first organised activity for nearly fifteen months and it’s been a great couple of days here at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre learning to sail and paddle. The instructors have been very supportive and have provided our carers with an amazing and fun experience on the water.”

The centre were also delighted to welcome back our charity partners Friends and Families for a day of activities for participating families to enjoy together. Taylor and Jack told their Mum it was the “best day ever”!

Adrian Kemp, Plymouth Youth Sailing Commodore and a Mount Batten Centre Charity Trustee added:

“It’s a real joy to welcome schools and groups back to the Centre and to see and hear everyone having a fantastic time. For some of these local children this is their first time on the water and we all feel very privileged to be able to provide them all with such a safe learning environment and a fun and unforgettable experience.” 

The Mayflower 400: Get Active initiative of which Sailors of Tomorrow activities were included was funded by a range of organisations, community groups and individuals across the city including Plymouth City Council and Cattewater Harbour Commissioners.

Featured image credit: Friends and Families of Special Children