Anthony Gell Students Set Course for Sailing Success

A dozen students from Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth have gained sailing qualifications thanks to funding secured from ‘Sportivate‘ by the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership.

The youngsters were awarded their RYA Stage 1 Certificates  after completing the ‘Introduction to Sailing’ course.  The course has been taught in six two hour sessions over six weeks by qualified instructors at Carsington Sports and Leisure near Ashbourne.

Holding his Youth Sailing Scheme log book, year 7 pupil Michael Rowlatt, “We have learned how to turn with the rudder, and how to change speeds by pulling the rope attached to the sail and we’ve also been pushing the boat onto its front to either speed it up or slow it down.”

Lucy Edenbrow in year 8, who has special educational needs.  She said:  “I’m pleased to achieve this.   I learned how to steer for the first time and I’ve started getting good at it as well.  And I’ve been controlling the ropes on the sail.  I want to do stage 2 now.”

Lucy’s Mum Tina said:  “I think it’s been fabulous  Lucy’s got special needs and it’s been credit to all the staff at Carsington that they’ve managed to teach her level 1.  She’s thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.  It’s given her lots of confidence and it has been a great social experience for her being part of a team.  It’s been something she has looked forward to every week.  It has definitely inspired her.  She’s really upset we’re going into winter period and she can’t come regularly but she’s up for doing her level 2 next Easter.”

Commenting on the Sportivate funding worth around £1,000 for to help about 40 pupils to access the Learn to Sail course over the academic year, secured by the RDSSP, Lucy’s Mum said, “It’s amazing.  Without it to be fair I don’t think as a family we wouldn’t have been able to afford a proper sailing course so for us it’s opened up an opportunity – especially for Lucy as well the other students from AG to give them a taster of this and hopefully once she’s got this ability we can come and hire at an hourly rate which will be cheaper for us.”

Elliot Pursglove who was taking his Stage 2-3 said:  “I’ve been tacking and jibing round buoys and going really fast – it was lots of fun.  I was in a Pico and I’ve sailed the Anthony Gell Feva boat twice.  The course will help me get into sailing and I’m hoping to do some more.”

RDSSP Partnership Manager, Janice Price, who is based at Anthony Gell, said:  “This Sportivate funding enables students to get a taste of a sport that many wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford to try.”

“We’re so proud that Ellen MacArthur is a former Anthony Gell Student.  Who knows? Perhaps this course here at Carsington will inspire the next generation of world-class sailors.”


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Sportivate is a £56 million Lottery funded London 2012 legacy project that gives more young people the chance to discover a sport that they love.  Find out more:

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