The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust has teamed up with Surf Life Saving GB (SLSGB) to request funding from the Aviva Community Fund for Plymouth’s first Surf Life Saving Club to be based at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre but the project needs public votes to be considered further.
If the project is successfully funded, in the first year specifically targeted groups of local young people will be recruited to be trained as lifeguards, particularly those from the PL1 and PL2 areas of the city.
Those recruited to the project will follow a rigorous programme which, on completion, will result in them achieving accreditation for their engagement, attendance and resilience. The qualifications include first aid, lifesaving, water safety and significantly improves experience and understanding of water based safety matters.
Sam Waites, Activities Manager at Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre says:
“We want to establish the first young people's Surf Life Saving Club in Plymouth, to provide an essential community resource in Britain’s Ocean City. We would be immensely proud to train future lifeguards, provide pathways to employment and up-skill the local community in water-safety awareness.”
Funding will be used to allow for the set-up of this inaugural running of the project. The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust would need to purchase specialist items such as wetsuits, safety equipment and rescue boards whilst also enrolling successful applicants with the national governing body. In addition, the charity would need to pay accreditation costs and coaching fees to ensure that participants leave the programme with the tangible gain of a qualification which is nationally recognised.
Tim Coventry, CEO for Surf Life Saving GB adds:
“We are delighted to be partnering with The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust for this potential funding from the Aviva Community Fund but we need the public to cast their vote(s) to ensure we can progress the project to the next stage. SLSGB ensures that our beaches and coastlines are safer and more enjoyable places for everyone and we believe Plymouth is the perfect place to locate a new Club.”
The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust would be committed to continuing the programme if the initial high start-up costs are funded in the first year and would increase the offering to other members of the local community and develop a Graduate Lifeguard Programme too in subsequent years.
The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre provides water and land based education, training and leisure activities to thousands of people each year. Next year the Centre will celebrate their twenty year anniversary.
Each vote(s) will support The Mount Batten Charity Trust to deliver a positive life changing impact on the future of young people within the city by giving them the skills to help others – vote(s) can be submitted online via this link up until 20th November.