A week before the 20th anniversary of the formation of their nipper section, Hayle Surf Life Saving Club took delivery of six new nipper boards. Numbers of children participating in the sport have grown nationally over the last two years, and the club at Hayle has seen more than its fair share of newcomers. Custom made in the club’s colours of orange and yellow, the new boards will be used by nippers who are aged 7-13 as well as sandhoppers who are 5 and 6 years old. The boards were presented to the club by Nick Fletcher, the Chairman of West Cornwall Youth Trust, who has funded the purchase.  

Nipper Officer Traci Parker said “ We are very grateful to The West Cornwall Youth Trust for their support and generosity, which will allow more children to enjoy our sport and gain confidence in the sea. Grants such as these allow us to keep our fees very low, thereby widening participation. We are so pleased to have this support from a local group,  whose philosophy is so similar to ours.”

Formed in 2010, the aim of West Cornwall Youth Trust is to help young people in West Cornwall take part in activities that will enrich their lives. This is achieved by providing financial assistance to youth and charity groups in the area. Nick Fletcher, chairman of the WCYT, said  “At West Cornwall Youth Trust we believe that life is for living. In our view, young people who take part in challenging and broadening experiences come out the other side with invaluable life lessons – which help as they continue on the path to adulthood. We are therefore very pleased to be working with Hayle Surf Life Saving Club and seeing first-hand the way in which they can instil a passion for the sea and their environment in these young people.”

For more information on the West Cornwall Youth Trust and the groups they are supporting, please refer to their website: http://westcornwallyouthtrust.org