Camelford Leisure Centre – Community Fund
28 May 2015
Camelford Leisure Centre was awarded £996 in June 2014 for a six week kayaking course for disadvantaged children from North Cornwall. Camelford Leisure Centre is a multipurpose fitness and leisure facility. Saved from closure in 2012, the Centre is an independent, community-run resource for about 10,000 people living in North Cornwall.
Camelford Leisure Centre introduced kayaking courses in the summer of 2013. The new activity proved to be popular but the costs were prohibitive for young people from families that are struggling with limited income.
The grant from the Community Fund paid for a six week kayaking course for eight disadvantaged children from eight different schools in the Camelford area. The first five weeks took place in the swimming pool at the leisure centre and in the 6th week they were taken out on the open water. At the end of the course all the children received Paddle Power certificates awarded by the British Canoe Union.
Eight young people from disadvantaged backgrounds participated in this exciting and challenging activity, learned new skills, improved their physical fitness and increased their social skills. Some children were initially very shy and lacking in confidence and as the weeks progressed they became more confident and began to build their social skills, made new friends and gained new skills. Some of them could not swim, and when this was recognised they were given special help with their swimming and are now enrolled in swimming lessons at the pool.