Date: 29th September
Harbour have received funding from Sport England after a successful application to their Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund.
With this project, we wanted to build upon the success of the cold water swimming sessions that staff at our EVA project started this summer and we thought we could continue to make use of the natural resource that is right on our doorstep.
The grant is for just over £5,000 and will enable us to buy paddleboards, kayaks, wetsuits, buoyancy aids and other necessary equipment for our residents to be able to partake in water sport activity sessions. We hope that by purchasing both paddleboards and kayaks we can cater for a variety of different confidence and ability levels.
We will also be purchasing tow floats, 5mm wetsuits, wetsuit hoods, wetsuit gloves and wetsuit boots, so that we will be able to continue to run cold water swimming sessions over the winter months for those who are keen to brave the cold and continue reaping the rewards of this beneficial activity.
The winter months will not be conducive to paddleboarding and kayaking as the ocean will be too choppy, so we hope to introduce these activities in the spring when the weather is better and our residents can fully enjoy the beautiful Cornish coastline.
Our Volunteer and Activities Coordinator Tom is delighted with the successful bid: “This funding will allow us to develop different opportunities for our residents. The project will encourage our residents to get active whilst simultaneously engaging with the natural world, which will be hugely beneficial. We hope that after the success of cold water swimming at the EVA project, we can continue to roll out these water sports across our services.”
By running these activities, we will be encouraging residents to try new pursuits and spend time in the wonderful Cornish waters. For most, they would not ordinarily be able to partake in sports like paddleboarding or kayaking, due to financial and accessibility barriers.
Paddleboarding and kayaking will also be a great way for our residents to develop useful skills, including teamwork, confidence and communication. These are transferable skills, which will help our residents now and in the future. This project will give our residents the opportunity to experience varied environments in which to do different things, relax and have fun.
Not only will these sessions improve our residents’ physical wellbeing but also will improve their mental health. Cold-water swimming, especially, has many health benefits, including stress relief and improved circulation.
We can’t wait to get this project up and running and would like to say a big thank you to Sport England and everyone who plays National Lottery games for making it possible!