As you may be aware, Cornwall County Sports Partnership has recently launched a funding programme called ‘Sport Unlimited’, aimed at recruiting more young people into sport, particularly in the 16-19 age bracket. British Rowing, in partnership with the CPGA, CRA and the UKSRL are planning on putting together a joint application for some funding through this programme. This funding will be used to deliver a project targeting pupils aged 16-19 primarily from Truro and Cornwall Colleges.
We are currently looking for clubs interested in being involved in this project, which will start in April 2010. Each club selected to be included in the application will be linked to a selected post 16 college (either Truro, St Austell, Camborne, Saltash, Duchy, Newquay or Falmouth Marine school).
Each club involved will be required to run a ten week structured ‘Learn to Row’ programme for pupils from the college. The programme must be a structured beginners course, specifically for those pupils (i.e. not just ‘turn up on Sunday and join in with the beginners’) and should be run in a time slot appropriate for the college (which from previous experience is likely to be directly after college, e.g. 4.30-6.30, or a Wednesday afternoon). Generally courses will be one session per week for ten weeks. The programme will be monitored so clubs will need to keep sessions registers, and records of all the pupils who take part. If the application is successful each of these clubs will receive between £1000-£1500 worth of funding which will be used towards the running costs of the course. This will include safety equipment such as lifejackets, training Level 2 coaches, and an hourly fee should clubs wish to pay coaches for their time to run the ten week course (n.b. if clubs can get volunteers to do this for free then the funding can be used in other ways if required). Clubs involved will also be provided with guidance and support for setting up and running ‘Learn To Row’ courses, and will be given support with any additional funding applications they would like to put in for additional equipment to run the courses, (e.g. for boats and blades).
Clubs will also be provided with support to work towards the ‘Clubmark’ junior club accreditation if they don’t already hold this. This is an excellent opportunity for clubs to form a partnership with a local college, increase membership, and obtain funding. If you are interested in being involved please can I ask you to respond by Friday 13th November at the latest. Thanks. I look forward to hearing from you.