A new trust has been set up aimed to secure funding for one of the top watersports centres in Scotland.
The Scottish Sailing Trust, a community based charity, aims to start a new sailing school at Port Edgar Marina in Queensferry following Edinburgh Leisure’s decision to close the facility next month.
Their aim is to raise a minimum of £5000, to gain grant funding of £5 for every £1 raised which will allow them to buy the boating assets from Edinburgh Leisure. The assets include 11 ribs, 54 dinghies, three keelboats and 58 kayaks and canoes.
The sailing school is a popular and well-used facility providing opportunities for adults and children to be introduced to watersports. It is used by members of the public, local schools and also provides programmes for disadvantaged groups and children, with over 14,000 users and 1500 courses run annually, and plans to extend its work.
Ian Hards, one of the founding trustees said: ‘‘The facility has been running for over 30 years and has introduced thousands of people to sailing and helped them develop. It is the largest and busiest centre of its type in Scotland with the broadest and deepest range of courses. It has been the beating heart of Port Edgar Marina and losing it would be a great loss to the community.”
The new trust was launched last week and already cash is starting to flow in. And with the East Coast Sailing Week being based at Port Edgar this weekend (right), further fundraising ventures are being organised including a race night and a raffle, which is being supported by local businesses donating prizes.
The trust venture has also been welcomed by Edinburgh West MSP Colin Keir who said: “This is local people taking charge of the situation in a bid to run the school alongside the successful sailing club. Many hundreds of people including youngsters will benefit from this.
“I congratulate the Scottish Sailing Trust for their efforts so far and offer them every assistance to get this great idea off the ground.”
More details on the trust can be found at www.scottish sailingtrust.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org