Sutton Mill Adventure base sailing open day for Cerebral Palsy with RYA

Mill adventure Sutton sailing day for disabled
Mill adventure Sutton sailing day for disabled

Sutton reservoir is hoping to welcome some new visitors in a special initiative backed by the national sailing body.

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA)supported by London 2012 Paralympic medalist and British Sailing Team sailor Niki Birrell, is hoping to get more people with cerebral palsy into the sport.

On Saturday 4th July from 10am, The Mill Adventure Base is opening its doors for people with cerebral palsy to have a go at sailing as the centre runs free taster sessions in specially adapted boats.

The Mill is a recognised RYA Sailability centre aimed at introducing people with disabilities into the activity and encouraging them to sail regularly.

Born with cerebral palsy, Niki, now 28, is a five-time world sailing champion, and, with his sailing partner, Alexandra Rickham, is currently training towards Rio 2016.

Niki said: “Sailing is one of the few sports where people with disabilities can compete on a completely level playing field as able-bodied people.

The Mill’s cerebral palsy taster day is being supported by CP Sport, the country’s leading national disability sports organisation supporting people with cerebral palsy to reach their sporting potential.

The Mill Adventure Base is a purpose built, urban adventure centre which is part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Outdoor and Environmental Education Service and conforms to the highest standards of quality and safety.

If you are an individual, family or local community group interested in getting involved in The Mill’s taster sessions call 01623 556110 or email:Outdoor.environmental@nottscc.gov.uk for more information or to book a place for the day.

For more information about RYA Sailability visit www.rya.org.uk/sailability.