The Wave Project receives Sport England funding to help more young people in Devon
The Wave Project in Devon has been given £151,501 from Sport England and the #iwill Fund to help young people use sport to make a positive difference in their communities – all thanks to funding from the National Lottery.
Sport England and the #iwill Fund are creating more opportunities for 10 to 20-year-olds to get involved in social action and use sport and physical activity to benefit others in their local area. The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to joint funding from the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – to support young people to take part in meaningful social action.
This week, 12-16 November 2018, is #iwillWeek which serves as a focal point to communicate the benefits of youth social action. This year the focus is on supporting young people to use their voice to celebrate their impact in communities through their story of social action.
The Wave Project works with young people whose potential is yet to be unlocked. Starting out as a small voluntary project in Cornwall the project now delivers surf therapy in 13 locations across the UK helping young people to feel more confident and less anxious, through surfing.
Our evidence-based courses combine surfing with the positive energy supplied by our team of awesome volunteers, professional surf coaches and Wave Project staff. There is no pressure to succeed and through the encouraging and supportive atmosphere we help our surfers to build their self-esteem. Many of our participants go on to become young volunteers themselves.
Wave Project CEO Joe Taylor said: “It’s a testament to the healing power of surf therapy that so many of our young volunteers are individuals who have previously been through our surf therapy programme. Our young volunteers offer a unique perspective to the new starters on our courses. Their continued involvement with The Wave Project, in responsible volunteer roles, ensures their confidence continues to go from strength to strength. We want to thank Sport England and the #iwill fund for this generous donation and in particular the National Lottery players for enabling this fund to support our charity.”