First-for-surf claim is wipe-out

27th June 2003 at 01:00
A GREAT front-cover picture of young people learning to surf, but unfortunately the caption was wrong. The Newquay Treviglas academy is not the first in the country.

At the Camborne, Pool, and Redruth Success Zone (an eduation action zone) we have been running the North Kerrier surf academy across our three secondary schools since January. Although, at present, this does not lead to a recognised qualification, it is the first in the country. This is a partnership project with Kerrier district council, the British Surf Association, Aloha surfwear and the New Opportunities Fund (NOF).

The young people - about 25 in total - are coached by the British team coach Tyson Greenaway, and from September will also have lifestyle coaching which will include surf science, industry awareness, surf travel.

We have also run a surf instructor course for teachers and thus each school now has at least one qualified instructor.

The NOF money has been used to buy wetsuits and surf boards which the schools are able to access to run beginners' sessions - there will be around 100 young people learning to surf throughout the summer term.

This scheme is all about inclusion and motivating young people not only to get involved in a great sport, but also to associate these kind of activities with school, and hopefully become more motivated students.

We also run a skateboard project, and are now working in partnership with the Youth Sports Trust, and Cornwall Youth Music Zone to develop a musicfilmskateboard festival next summer.

Mark Holmes

Sports co-ordinator

CPR Success Zone

Trevu Family Activity Centre

Trevu Road

Cornwall

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