Watersports Hub in Portsmouth a way to give students a big confidence boost

(l-r) Isaac Ive from Mary Rose School, Courtney Lewis from Milton Cross School, Chris Edge from British Canoeing, Jaydee Lewis from Milton Cross School and Samir Ahmed from Mary Rose School canoeing at Lakeside. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142667-152)

(l-r) Isaac Ive from Mary Rose School, Courtney Lewis from Milton Cross School, Chris Edge from British Canoeing, Jaydee Lewis from Milton Cross School and Samir Ahmed from Mary Rose School canoeing at Lakeside. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142667-152)

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WATERSPORTS are being used as a way to inspire children with special needs to success.

The Mary Rose Academy in Portsmouth has become a Youth Sport Trust Watersports Hub.

And to celebrate, staff and children from both the Mary Rose Academy and Cliffdale Primary School spent the day at 1000 Lakeside in North Harbour taking part in various watersports.

Hannah Richardson is head of PE and sport at Mary Rose Academy.

She said: ‘It’s using non-traditional sports such as watersports to engage young people back into learning and back into activities getting them fit and healthy.

‘This is our celebration of becoming a watersports hub.

‘It’s our launch to what we are all about for the next year.

‘In traditional sports that we teach in the sports hall the children are restricted to the sports that we do.

‘Here, the children are learning about team work, communication and their confidence, abilities and limitations.

‘On the water, some of our youngsters are getting more out of these sessions than what we would normally do in school.

‘We’ve got lots of projects lined up throughout the year.’

Ms Richardson added plans are in place to tie in traditional subjects such as English, maths and science with cayaking.

This includes looking at the different organisms that live in the lake and what the environment is like and how a lake is formed.

Nicola Hickey, 41, from Southsea has a daughter, Evie, aged 10, who attends Cliffdale Academy.

She said: ‘It’s absolutely amazing. She was really looking forward to coming here and doing the activities.

‘It gives them something to focus on and to look forward to. It’s something totally different.’

Students from Miltoncross Academy also spent time there training to become young volunteers and watersports leaders.

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