by Stamford Welland Academy
Target Group: Young people and families
Impact: 8 canoes to serve 1100 pupils per year for the newt 20 years. // 1100 Outdoor Activity Days
Latest #itsgreatoutthere grant helps hundreds of young people explore the outdoors on water
Dom Brister, an outdoor education teacher and leader of the parallel curriculum at Stamford Welland Academy, has led the project and applied for an #itsgreatoutthere grant after reading about the scheme online. Although the academy had an existing programme to give students canoeing experiences through experts at Bushcraft and Beyond, its scale and potential were severely limited by having to borrow boats. The #itsgreatoutthere grant allowed Dom to work with Hou Canoes to source six canoes and modify each of them to seat three people. The grant also covered the purchase of new personal flotation devices and paddles, allowing the academy to roll out a more substantial and sustained programme for students.
Owned by the academy, the equipment is being used every week by several schools, coordinated by Dom Brister, who comments:
Since the start of the academic year in September, students and staff have been using the boats on the Whitewater Reservoir, access to which has been provided by the Burghley Estate team in Stamford. The response of students to the initiative has been overwhelmingly positive, with many providing very positive testimonials: