Freezing cold February weather did not dampen the spirits of the young sailors at Scammonden Sailing Club as they celebrated the club’s newly acquired RYA OnBoard status.
Scammonden Sailing Club, nestled in the Pennines to the west of Huddersfield, joins 21 other clubs in the Northern region who are current members of the RYA OnBoard programme.
“Getting our RYA OnBoard status is a great achievement for the club,” said Sophie Yates, Commodore of Scammonden Sailing Club. “We will be working very closely with schools in the area to bring sailing opportunities to as many young people as possible. We already have links with Salendine Nook High School and Brighouse High School and in particular we would like to encourage schools to adopt sailing as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.”
One pupil from Brighouse High School who has already done that is 14 year old Jonathan Barrett. “I am really keen to use sailing as part of my DofE Award which I’m doing alongside my GCSE in PE at school,” he said.
“As well as working closely with local schools and their pupils we would like to encourage their families into the club,” continued Sophie Yates, Commodore of the sailing club. “We already have a very popular and family friendly Saturday Club which has been active for 10 years now. Anyone can join the Saturday Club, whatever age or ability and more information about the club is on our website www.scammondensailing.com It would be great to see parents out on the water as well as their children.”
Run by the RYA, OnBoard is a grass roots programme which introduces sailing and windsurfing to young people aged 8 to 18, through schools, youth groups and training centres.
Over a 10 year period OnBoard has introduced more than 500,000 children to sailing and windsurfing in the UK, converting many of them into regular participants.