The Urban Surf Project

Bude C.A.T.S Community Action Through Sport in conjunction with Budehaven School the local Police and Raven Surf School in 2011 devised a project called Urban Surf. The idea was to provide a positive outlet, one evening a week over an 8 week period. The local youngsters, some of which might not have had the chance to surf otherwise or may have potentially been a nuisance in the local community where identified by teachers, police and social services and picked to join a Taster Surf Session to see if they first of all liked it and second showed potential that they would commit to an 8 week course.
This was paramount as places would be given to someone else otherwise. In 2011 we ran the first of the pilot scheme with very positive outcomes and again in 2012. The programme commenced with 16 young people and was an immediate success, we lost a few along the way through various reasons but of the 13 who continued they achieved 100% attendance. The young people would arrive and get suits given to them.
Once changed, using the Crooklets Surf Club which was much appreciated, they would talk about surf safety and answer questions given by the Raven surf school instructors.
The course followed the ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) training scheme. Once completed which involved practical surfing, beach safety, care of equipment and also a 50 metres swim, they would receive Level 1 and 2 ASI certificates. Both courses where a great success as it offered the young people a chance to learn a new, cool, healthy activity and help some to overcome personal challenges and barriers such as confidence, communication and self esteem. Some made new friendships with their peers and we felt that their communication skills with us adults became relaxed over the course of time and a mutual respect developed . We have just been advised that the funding is now in place and we can continue with this very rewarding and positive project in 2013!


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