Rutland Sailing Club helps youngsters to get out on the water

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MORE opportunities will be available for young people at a sailing club after it was given accreditation.

Rutland Sailing Club has been given the RYA OnBoard status, which shows the club provides sailing opportunities at a low cost for young people from local schools, community and youth groups.

It offers opportunities to youngsters from 12 schools, including Oakham School and Stamford Endowed Schools and is also working on providing a learn to sail stage 1 course alongside its existing club activities.

The club has been working for six months with officials from the RYA in the East Midlands to gain the status.

Simon Morley, who heads up the club’s youth and junior section, said: “RYA OnBoard is a recognised standard of quality so children and their parents know they will be receiving the best tuition in a safe, friendly club environment.

“Because it is a nationwide scheme, they also know that should they move area or join a different club they can slot straight back into their OnBoard activities.

“Rutland SC is keen to provide opportunities for young people to experience their first taste of sailing and then continue participating regularly.

“We believe being part of OnBoard will better help the club reach out to the local community to raise awareness of the club and the sport to ultimately increase the number of people in the area who regularly sail.”

Rutland Sailing Club was formally presented with its OnBoard status by Sarah Treseder, chief executive of the RYA.

She was visiting the club for the official opening of its new pontoons.