Blyth scouts get their sea legs thanks to special award

Sea scouts in danger of becoming landlocked are sailing to success after finally getting on board their very own fleet of boats.

For years Blyth Sea Scouts have had to pay to hire yachts so that their young people could experience a life on the ocean waves.

But now, thanks to a community award of £11,500, the group have been able to buy their own fleet of four boats.

Robert Crumpton, leader of 8th Blyth Sea Scout Group, said: “Our members identified sailing as one of the most enjoyable activities at our annual watersports camp, so by purchasing our own equipment we can use sailing boats more frequently as part of our activities.

“Now more young people can participate in the sport, earn more badges, and learn new skills.

“As one of only three Scout groups in the whole of Blyth, and the only group that provides any kind of water sports on a regular basis, this is an asset for our local community.”

The boats will be used by the scout group to engage young people in sailing activities to raise their aspirations and help develop their confidence.

Previously the group paid yacht hire on a trip by trip basis, which was proving prohibitive, costly, and restricted the amount of sailing activity that young people could take.

The £11,591 award was donated to the group by the North of England Pamp;I Association, through the charitable North 150 Fund, held with the Community Foundation Tyne amp; Wear and Northumberland.

Thanks to the cash, the group bought four Topper Topaz Boats, and some extra safety equipment.

Michael Asherson, chair of the North 150 Fund Committee, said: “We feel a responsibility to the area in which we operate, and understand the importance for us to use our success to help create stronger communities by supporting local causes.

“The award to 8th Blyth Sea Scouts will help them reduce their expenditure whilst also generating further activities for young people to develop new skills and raise confidence. This is a truly powerful thing.”

The award from the North 150 Fund is part of a grant making programme managed by the Community Foundation Tyne amp; Wear and Northumberland.


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