Grant helps centre work, rest and play

THE forecast looks good for Cobnor Activities Centre Trust which is celebrating after receiving a £500 grant from a national award scheme.

The charity received the money from the MARS Refuel Drink Fund and will be used to buy state-of-the-art weather-monitoring equipment.

Based in Chichester Harbour, the centre provides young people with opportunities to take part in a wide range of challenging water and land-based outdoor pursuits including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, climbing and archery.

This year the centre completed a major refit and now has some of the best facilities on the south coast.

Centre manager Mark Murray-Brown said he was delighted with the grant. “The new kit will enable our instructors to plan our water-based coaching more accurately, as well as helping our young students understand the effect of weather conditions when planning to go afloat.”

Cobnor runs around 30,000 sessions a year, involving young people from more than 60 schools, youth groups as well as individuals.

Around 400 of these sessions include young people who are either disabled or disadvantaged.

The MARS Refuel Drink Fund was created to help people overcome financial barriers and play sport for longer by offering £500 awards.