New surf club established in Cornwall to be run by young people with mental health difficulties
20 Jan 2012
The first surf club in Cornwall to be run by and for young
people with mental health issues has got underway with the help of
a £2,000 start-up grant from the charity sported.
The Wave Project Surf Club will be run by young people with mental
health issues, with support from their parents and volunteers from
the Wave Project. They will form the management committee and raise
funds to pay for ongoing equipment and expenses. The idea came from
a group of young people themselves who took part in a series of
free six-week surfing courses organised by the Wave Project last
Now, thanks to a £2,000 grant from Sport for Development experts
sported., they are able to set up their own club, buy their own kit
and go surfing whenever they want.
Wave Project manager Joe Taylor said: "It is completely inspiring
that this group of young people came forward and wanted to set up
and run this club for themselves.
It demonstrates how much more confident and positive they became
during the six weeks they spent surfing with the Wave Project -
particularly when you consider that some of them had never been on
a board before. Now they will be running their own club, raising
their own funds and choosing how to spend the money."
Julian Wills, the regional manager for sported. in the South West,
commented: "We are delighted to be funding this project. It's
fantastic that the club are developing opportunities for young
people with mental and emotional health issues, and using the sport
of surfing to overcome some of the challenges that these young
people face. "