Over £6,500 funding boost for Truro and Penwith College Canoe Club
Students and members of the wider community will have the opportunity to access a raft of new canoe equipment at Truro and Penwith College Canoe Club, thanks to funding from Sport England. A successful bid for £6,790 to purchase new canoes and safety equipment means that the club will be able to offer more opportunities for people to participate in canoeing activities.
The project forms part of a much larger strategic plan to get more young people paddling at both Truro and Penwith College. Recently both campus' secured the use of two ergo canoes, which will be situated in the gyms at the college sites. The static ergos are designed to simulate the feeling of paddling on water whilst staying on dry land. The ergos have been loaned from Canoe England for a period of several months, as part of the 'Wired' programme, to help encourage new participants to the sport.
Having engaged in the use of the ergo machines, participants will be signposted to the Truro and Penwith Canoe Club, where they will be able to access the new equipment and get out onto the water under the supervision of qualified instructors.
Julian Wills, Truro and Penwith College Sports Maker said "We are delighted to have secured the funding from Sport England to help us create new sustainable opportunities in canoeing. We have worked very closely in partnership with Canoe England to help make this project happen, and I am sure we will see some really positive outcomes from the initiative."
Currently Truro College offers all its students the opportunity to participate in free Wednesday afternoon canoeing activities, with the club offering weekend paddling sessions for all the community from as little as £2 a go.
Rachel Burley of the Foundation Degree in Outdoor Education said "It's lovely to have these new canoes, it's going to be really good. We get to try out all the different types of craft and all have different levels of balance and control, so it expands our skills. It's a brilliant idea. People who can't otherwise afford to go out can now do so, and get tuition too."
The Outdoor Education Foundation Degree, based in the Tregye campus of Truro and Penwith College, trains future outdoors instructors and students learn to handle and teach others in in sail-powered craft and paddle craft, climbing, mountain and expedition skills and the principles of coaching and learning, and has educated the majority of the volunteers who run the Truro and Penwith College Canoe Clu