YOUNG SAILORS have been awarded for becoming competent helms.
Twelve school pupils were picked to be part of the new Young Helms project at Cobnor Activities Centre Trust.
Chosen by schools as the students most likely to benefit from taking part in the project, the budding sailors came from Chichester High School for Girls, The Regis School, Angmering School and Littlegreen School.
Members of the group have achieved their Royal Yachting Association qualifications in Stage 2 Youth Sailing Scheme, Powerboat level 2 and first aid and were presented with their certificates at a celebration at the centre last week.
The project was privately funded by Alan Stannah, chairman of Stannah Lift Holdings and Hampshire resident.
“Sailing is a wonderful sport – it can be very challenging, as well as giving you exercise and fun,” said Mr Stannah at the prize-giving ceremony on Friday.
“It will help you to cope in many aspects of your life, teaching you to work together with other people.”
He wished the 12 young people all the best for the future and thanked the Beale family who had made the ‘wonderful place’ accessible.
Gary Palmer, head of centre at Cobnor, said: “This is the first time we have been able to run the Young Helms project at Cobnor Activities Centre.
“We hope these 12 young people will be working with us this summer and that many more will have the opportunity to follow their path in the future, and that the Young Helms project becomes a regular part of our annual programme at Cobnor.”
A spokeswoman for the centre said the students ‘progressed faster’ than any other group in recent memory to become competent helms.
The aim of the programme is to enable young people with no previous experience to access sailing as a sport and being the career path to becoming an outdoor education instructor.
The students had to commit to all the sessions.