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A Potted History

In 1977 the Centre was born as a Compound for Youth and School organisations to share.The groups had their own dinghies and worked as autonomous organisations sharing facilities…………..a storage compound, a tap and a shed for changing! From these humble beginnings we have developed through much hard work by countless volunteers and supportive parents, especially during the mid 90's, saw us expand from a motley collection of dinghies to a Youth Group in our own right, with our own fleet of dinghies and associated safety craft.

We gained charitable status and RYA Recognition during the ‘90’s, a milestone which now meant we are able to award its own certificates within the RYA schemes and have attained the high standards with regard to instruction and safety required of the RYA.

The Jubilee Trust pump primed the original concept and enabled the farsighted founders to create their vision back in 1977. We have been able to attract major funding from various sources as well as raised significant sums with our own efforts. Sport England Lottery Fund and Foundation for Sports and Arts have provided through two major awards of grants the ability of the Centre to purchase new fleets of dinghies for the first time during the late 90's and early 2000's. We have also had significant help from the Local Network Fund and Awards for All.

Grants and donations on a regular basis from especially our local authorities have to date enabled the Centre to fund minor capital items such as sails, canoes and essential safety equipment.

Winners at our AGM

Our 420’s at speed

Oppies on the Lake

Race Starts

To all youngsters but especially from non-water sports backgrounds, with the overriding ethos to give as many youngsters the opportunity to develop newly acquired skills in a safe and family friendly environment and to take their skills onwards to help others. Many of our past members are now Instructors in their own right.

Our membership rates are kept as low as possible to ensure that finance is not a reason for not joining, and we offer various methods of payment to make life easier especially for families with more than one child e.g. deferred /spread payment options.

We are a RYA Volvo Champion Club and have a number of Race Coaches within our coaching team. Racing is an essential way of encouraging our youngsters to develop their skills and we encourage our youngsters to attend various regattas (using the Centre's equipment) e.g. WSSYSA and the NSSA regattas.

Social events provide both the opportunity for fund raising and more particularly our families to get together on the water especially during our popular family day events which are normally interspersed with the inevitable BBQ and enable the youngsters to show off their skills.