Who We Are...
We are The Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust, a watersports and activities centre based in Plymouth. We provide outdoor and adventurous activities for a huge range of people, from young to old, individuals to groups and beginners to those already experienced, and we share with them our love of the outdoors together with all the benefits this brings.
There is one specific group of people that we feel limited in what we are able to offer them, namely children and young people with special educational needs.
At present we are able to take them out sailing as we have boats suitable for this, however we are very limited in what other watersports we can offer.
We desperately want to address this, by providing suitable boats for them to take part in paddlesports, as we know the demand is there and the benefits to the children and young people are proven.
What we are asking for...
We want to buy two Bellboats, as these are very stable and allow for maximum participation (with or without support workers as required) enabling us to open up paddlesports to as many participants as we can.
And if we get to stretch.....
If we reach our initial target, our stretch target would be to also buy a trailer for the boats.
This would mean we could go out to other venues to deliver sessions to people who couldn't make it to us. We also plan to make the boats available to a number of local canoe clubs (Port of Plymouth Canoe Association and Tamar Canoe Association) to use on occasional evenings and weekends, and if we could get a trailer it would mean they could take the boats to their home waters rather than having to bring their participants to Mount Batten.
Whats in it for you...
Apart from the amazing warm fuzzy feeling that you would obviously get from helping us achieve our aim, we have a huge variety of rewards on offer.... please have a look, there's plenty to choose from!
As you would expect there are a variety of options to take part in some of the activites we run ourselves, (So check out the Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth's website for more details about these, and when sessions are running) but we have also been fortunate enough to be supported by some wonderful people and businesses who have donated amazing things for us to offer.
Examples of Our Rewards Include....
There’s even the chance with some of the rewards to win a sit-on-top kayak and paddle (although you will need to arrange to collect this from the centre if you are the lucky winner)
People Believe in our project
It's worth mentioning that along the way we've had amazing support from people that believe firmly in our project:
David Clare - British Canoeing Development Officer Devon and Cornwall
"I've been delighted to work alongside the Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust in their Crowdfunding campaign to enable more young people with Special Educational Needs enjoy the plethora of benefits that paddlesports brings".
Katy Wedgewood - Woodlands Special School Teacher and PE Co-ordinator for Plymouth Primary Special Schools: "I believe passionately in providing inclusive watersports activities - the massive sense of achievement participation brings is invaluable for improving personal confidence and self-esteem. Not to mention the huge smiles they have (and me!) when they are on the water - please support our campaign to bring this magical feel to more children with Special Educational Needs".
David Train - Designer of the Bell Boat and former Olympic Canoe Coach
"The Bell Boat is a totally unique design in watercraft, its purpose is to remove the fear of taking part and to help with team work and co-operation. The versality of the Bell Boat holds no bounds, it is a long lasting robust platform for introducing all ages to water sports as well as a classroom on the water".
Alex King - Centre Director Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust
"This appeal truly reflects the ethos upon which the Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust was established".
Lee Pooley - British Canoeing Level 5 Coach and Coach Educator
Thank you, thank you, thank you....
A huge thank you to you for looking at (and hopefully supporting) our crowdfunder campaign!
And of course many, many thanks go to those amazing people and businesses that have kindly contributed to the rewards we have on offer - in fact we've got so many rewards it fills up a lot of the page so please please keep scrolling down for some amazing rewards!
We couldn't do this without you!