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Splashing out on watersports for kids in Sandwich

Young sailors in Sandwich Bay can cash splash a little cash after receiving a sports grant from a local power company.

From News & press - 16 June 2021 12:00 AM

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Sandwich Bay Sailing and Waterski Club has received a £250 Team Sport Award from UK Power Networks to put towards new life jackets for children.

Robert Preece, an overhead linesman who helps to keep electricity supplies flowing in the local area, nominated the club for his employer’s sport award. The club aims to match the funding.

Robert, a committee member at the club, said: “I am really pleased this money can help towards the children’s safety. We are very mindful of safety at sea and even from the wash on the beach. 

“The club is grateful for the support, especially after the last year we have had with Covid restrictions. It was a really nice surprise to get the grant, I wasn’t expecting it.”

The club has about 60 members who meet socially at weekends and evenings at the clubhouse in Cambridge Avenue, Sandwich Bay, for recreational and competition sailing and waterskiing.

Robert’s son Jenson, who is five, is one of their younger members. Robert said: “When my son comes back from school with drawings, every one shows Sandwich Bay. He is Sandwich Bay mad! Sometimes we fish for mackerel on the beach.

“Being in the club gives children confidence and social skills. They don’t realise they are learning, because they just enjoy themselves and learn new skills along the way. The kids splash around using floats and have fun getting wet when we take them out on the water.

“I fell in love with the club as soon as I went down there because everyone is so welcoming. It’s nice going there on a beautiful evening, even when we don’t go in the sea.”

The Team Sport Award scheme is run by UK Power Networks to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and developing sports opportunities. In 2020, more than 60 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff benefited from a share in £15,500.