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City College joins forces with local children’s charity to support sailing event

09 July 2021 | College News

Following the exciting news that Plymouth is to host this year’s Great Britain Sail Grand Prix, City College Plymouth is delighted to be named as an official partner of the organisation’s Inspire programme, in association with the Future Fit Junior Field Gun.  

The College has joined forces with the charity that seeks to promote the historic practice of field gun to children and young people in Plymouth and beyond whilst improving their teamwork, resilience, health and wellbeing, with both Future Fit Junior Field Gun and SailGP keen to showcase their respective sports to the next generation. 

The SailGP Inspire programme is a community engagement initiative that not only seeks to increase the take-up of sailing in a wider audience, but it also looks to educate young people about sustainability and the power of nature. The programme also raises awareness of the career options the world of sailing has to offer: as a provider of training in maritime skills, the College fully welcomes the opportunity to support an event that shares these aims. 

The Sail Grand Prix is due to take place Saturday and Sunday 17 and 18 July, and promises to be an exhilarating display of F50 catamarans battling it out on the water over two action-packed days. Alongside the races, there will be the chance to learn about Inspire and the opportunities it offers. Interested parties can also find out more information about junior field gun.

Six lucky students at City College Plymouth have been offered the chance of a lifetime to go behind the scenes and work as interns at the event. 

Bob Hunter, Director of Student Journey at City College Plymouth and a trustee of  Future Fit Junior Field Gun, said the opportunities being offered to students were incredible. 

He added: “These students will be working in a variety of roles supporting the set up and running of this prestigious event, really boosting their CVs and giving them insight into a world they might not have had any connection to. 

“You might wonder what field gun, the College and sailing have in common, but all three organisations seek to bring new opportunities to young people that can transform their lives, and that is why Future Fit Junior Field Gun and the College are both pleased to be supporting this event. 

Jackie Grubb, Principal and Chief Executive of City College, said: “It’s going to be such an exciting opportunity for the city to host the Great Britain Sail Grand Prix. 

“I can’t think of a better way for our young people to learn more about the world of sailing and the prospects it offers whether that’s through pursuing the various sailing-related careers or the chance to take up a sport that might not usually be accessible to them.

“It is going to be a weekend to remember and the College is delighted to be a part of it.”

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