Dorset sailing specialist Rockley Watersports is again helping to build its legacy for 2012, by encouraging families to take part in watersports.
The 12 for 2012 is an initiative set up by the Dorset Strategic Partnership, to ensure that everyone gets the most from having the Olympic sailing event in the South, including embracing increased interest in sport from children and adults alike.
One of the legacy objectives is to see an increased participation by people of all ages in sport, play and leisure activities. It also aims to see increased levels of health and a reduction in the level of obesity in all ages of Dorset's population through healthier, active lifestyles.
Rockley has joined forces with Poole Adult Learning to help bring families together through an innovative combination of education and outdoor activities.
The four week course took place each Sunday from 9 - 30 May and was an exemplary lead into National Family Week which commenced on 31 May. In only its second year, the Family Learning course developed by Poole Borough Council's Adult Learning section saw 36 people attend the event at Rockley's Poole Park centre. The course was split into two options for the families, those wanting to learn to sail and work towards their level 1 certificate and a multi activity option combining kayaking, windsurfing, sailing and bell-boating.
Poole Park centre manager, Luke Beasley said "The families really worked well together and you could see them having fun. It was really great to see those families, having completed the four week course, be awarded with their sailing certificates."
The main aim of the course is to encourage family learning, working together as a unit and being able to have access to sports and activities that they would otherwise not be able to take part in. The local Poole families that have had the opportunity to take part in this learning course have been able to do so through the support and funding from FLIF (Family Learning Impact Fund).
"This course allowed families to have special one-on-one time together. The learning environment and instruction from Rockley has really helped in the progress of the learning amongst the families. And it is particularly good to see the number of dad's getting involved and out on the water with their kids."
commented Lis Cooper from Poole Adult Learning.
With the course having been such a huge success there will now be a second family learning programme run with Rockley in July.
For more details on Rockley International visit: www.rockleyinternational.com