Our plans for a new centre are well under way. On the right you can see an artist's impression of our designs. We are currently raising funds so that our dreams can become reality.
The new centre will include:
A multi-purpose function room
Indoor training equipment for the winter months
Greater storage for equipment
Access for all
SEAPOINT CANOE CENTRE BUILDING PROJECT
We aim to change the lives of children, young people and adults through paddle-sport activities.
Seapoint was set up as a charity in 1989, using paddlesport activities to help people of all ages and backgrounds grow their physical skills alongside character development, working with others, learning to lead and training to coach. In 2017 we provided more than 1,880 client sessions, 24% for people with disabilities.
WHY WE NEED A NEW BUILDING
We have planning permission to build a centre on the canal bank of the Royal Military Canal which will provide modern facilities in a permanent building. The building will provide changing rooms and showers for male, female and staff paddlers. Facilities will be specially designed to ensure access for all. There will be a room which can be used for indoor training, meetings and shelter in inclement weather as well as being available for use by the local community . An office will enable us to have on-site training sessions and courses including First Aid and Sea Rescue Training.
The build is going to be a big improvement for our centre, as we currently operate from shipping containers. Currently, boats and equipment are carried 175m to the far side of the canal for launching – therefore we will also be building a pontoon.
WHO WILL BENEFIT?
Anyone aged for 8 to 80 can paddle with us, or book a bespoke session for private tuition, social clubs or parties.
Our paddlers always enjoy their time on the water, learning new skills, growing in confidence, perseverance and fitness. Several have gone on to train as coaches and volunteer in other ways at the centre.
In addition to our regular weekly coaching sessions, we provide sessions for primary and secondary schools, youth groups such as Beavers, Brownies and Scouts as well as children and young people from the nearby school for those with special educational needs. These are very important as they reach youngsters from every background, not just those whose parents are willing to bring them to after-school activities. This programme will be greatly expanded when we have the improved facilities available with the building.
Paddlesport provides an activity that appeals to those who are not "sporty" or like team games. This is very important in inspiring the currently inactive to find ways of enjoying exercise. A new centre with shower and extra toilet facilities will give individuals and groups a better experience and encourage more folk to come and have a go.
If you would like to take part in a fundraising tournament or make a one off donation or donate regularly, you will help make a huge difference, thank you.