Funding helps trust purchase

A sail training charity in the borough has launched a powerboat school to provide personal development opportunities for youngsters.

Ocean Youth Trust North has ben awarded £6,000 in funding from Sported, a London 2012 Olympics legacy programme, and The Prince’s Charitable Foundation, to purchase a 5.2-metre rib powerboat and establish subsidised RYA (Royal Yachting Association) accredited training courses for young people aged 14 to 20.

We’ve been using off-shore sailing as a means of teaching valuable life changing skills to young people for almost 30 years

Steve Lennon, managing director of OYT North

Steve Lennon, managing director of OYT North, said: “We’ve been using offshore sailing as a means of teaching valuable life-changing skills to young people for almost 30 years.

“Adding a powerboat to our fleet means we can work with more young people over shorter durations and provide an exciting introduction to personal development through sail training.”