A cash injection of £2,000 from the charity Sported has made it possible for the first surf club in Cornwall run by and for young people with mental health issues to open.
The Wave Project Surf Club is a fantastic venture that allows young people with mental health problems to work with the support of their parents and volunteers from the Wave Project. The young people will form the management committee for the project and fundraise for new equipment and ongoing expenses.
The idea originally came from a group of young people who participated in surfing courses organised by the Wave Project. The £2,000 grant from Sport for Development experts Sported has allowed them to set up their own club, buy kit and go surfing whenever they want to.
The manager of the Wave Project, Joe Taylor, said: “It is completely inspiring that this group of young people came forward and wanted to set up and run this club themselves. Now they will be running their own club, raising their own funds and choosing how to spend the money.”
Manager for Sported in the South West, Julian Wills, said: “It’s fantastic that the club is developing opportunities for people with mental and emotional health issues, and using surfing to overcome some of the challenges they face.”