Truro and Penwith College receive funding from British Canoeing
Truro and Penwith College has been selected as one of only six colleges in country to pilot the new British Canoeing 'Pool to Paddle' initiative. The project will see over £1500 invested in the Colleges Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme, providing enrichment canoeing opportunities for students across the establishment.
Having already successfully delivered other National Governing Body initiatives through the Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme, Truro and Penwith College was asked by British Canoeing to help them deliver their new initiative, which focusses on young people who have little or no experience of canoeing.
British Canoeing have provided the College with high quality inflatable canoes that will be used twice a week in the indoor pool at Truro. The two sessions are being delivered by qualified student Activators, who will have the chance to extend their coaching knowledge further through coach education opportunities, provided by British Canoeing.
British Canoeing National Development Officer, Debbie Jackson, travelled down from Nottingham this week to visit the project, and spent time with the students and Activators asking them what they thought of the initiative and how the programme has worked for them. All the information gathered will be taken back to Sport England and used as evidence to help expand the programme across the country.
The Canoeing sessions form part of the Health, Wellbeing and Sport enrichment activity programme, which is available to all students who study at the College, and consists of over 60 different sessions each week. There is no cost to participation and equipment for all the activities is provided.
Julian Wills, Truro and Penwith College Sports Maker said "It is a real honour to be recognised as a leading provider of enrichment activities and to be selected to pilot a National initiative such as this. We pride ourselves on delivering quality physical activities opportunities, which helps our students employability skills, personal development and welfare".
Truro and Penwith College Health, Wellbeing and Sport programme has also secured funding from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, through the Sportivate funding scheme, to help develop the canoe project further and to engage with more young people.