B16057 Launching More Disability Sailing In The District Web

More people with disabilities can learn to sail after a special adapted boat was launched at a Bromsgrove District sailing and outdoor education centre.

Bromsgrove District Council arranged the new accessible dinghy for Aztec Upton Warren in response to high demand for disability sailing.

Improved disability sailing sessions will now be run there on Friday evenings in the summertime by a partnership of the centre, Upton Warren Sailing Club and the district council.

District council Sports Development officers secured Sport England funding for the boat to create more accessible sports opportunities.

Cllr Peter Whittaker, portfolio holder for Leisure, said: “When we did an initial session last year, lots of people took part and so the officers started to look at how we could provide more opportunities. We’re delighted to be able to help make that happen, and help cater for the high local demand for sailing that’s more accessible for people with disabilities.”

Here is more information on the disability sailing sessions.

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The new boat, which is weighted to be more stable than an ordinary boat, was launched by Cllr Whittaker, council officers, and staff and members of the sailing club on Friday July 15.