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Barra Watersports Club has received £1,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal.


The volunteer-run club offers islanders sailing, kayaking and windsurfing.


Sessions of all three activities run throughout the summer months and sailing and windsurfing is also open to all children where a qualified RYA instructor is paid to tutor them to improve their skills and confidence on the water.


Tony Flanagan, vice chairman of the club, said the grant will “contribute significantly towards improving the clubs' watersports equipment and thus give the young people of Barra opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have.


“Club equipment is essential to allow all members to participate and progress at all levels however it is costly to buy, costly to upgrade and costly to maintain.”


Since launching in 2011, the STV Children's Appeal has raised over £13.7 million, with 722 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 62,000 children.


The money raised is distributed to provide practical help like food and warm clothes; create opportunities for training and employability; and enable social and emotional support for those who need it most.

Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “It’s projects like Barra Watersports Club that can make the world of a difference to those young people most in need.”

Watersports club’s £1000 grant from TV appeal  

6 January 2017