East Lancashire Sailing Club based at Rishton Reservoir near Blackburn has been working with the Clitheroe Youth Forum to give disadvantaged children a couple of days of sailing during the Spring holidays. Now their RYA Training Centre will be forming more links with schools and other youth organisations as the OnBoard scheme is developed in the area.
The official plaque signifying the new OnBoard status was handed over to Club Commodore Robin Tomlinson by RYA Sailing Development Officer James Weeldon.
"We are delighted to be part of the RYA OnBoard scheme," said Mr Tomlinson."As with most clubs, the average age of our membership has been increasing, so we decided a couple of years ago to actively try and encourage more youngsters to get involved. This should help us achieve our twin aims of keeping the Club vibrant, and making it easy for our local young people to get involved in sailing."
The OnBoard programme offers a fun-focused entry to the sport with interclub regattas as skills develop. As a result of OnBoard, children across the country have already progressed onto the development pathway that can lead to representing the UK at the Olympic Games.
"It's fantastic to see the club joining the OnBoard programme," said James Wheeldon."Over the next year we will be working together hard to promote sailing to young people in the area. The club's team are very enthusiastic and passionate about sailing and I am very excited about the future of OnBoard at East Lancashire Sailing Club."
Cat Ferguson, RYA OnBoard Operations Officer said "It's great to welcome East Lancashire Sailing Club to the OnBoard programme. Sailing is a fantastic sport no matter your age, background or ability. We look forward to working with them and the local community to get as many people as possible enjoying our great sport."