Sidmouth’s future lifeguards get £2,874 helping hand

PUBLISHED: 16:30 18 September 2016

Handel Bennett of the Sid Vale Association presents a cheque to David Manley of the Sidmouth Lifesaving Club. Ref shs 36-16AW 4981. Picture: Alex Walton.

Handel Bennett of the Sid Vale Association presents a cheque to David Manley of the Sidmouth Lifesaving Club. Ref shs 36-16AW 4981. Picture: Alex Walton.

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Sidmouth Surf Life Saving Club’s bid to train the lifeguards of the future has received a £2,874 boost.

The Sid Vale Association’s (SVA) Keith Owen Fund awarded a third match-funded cheque to the cause.

“The SVA recognises the value of this important activity in a beach resort which is increasingly being used by both swimmers and surfers,” said the civic society’s president, The Reverend Handel Bennett. “Trained and qualified lifeguards are a valuable community asset.”

Club chairman Dave Manley said: “The trainees will learn lifeguarding skills, and work towards a series of national awards. These will ultimately lead to professional lifeguard qualifications when they are 16.

“In addition, they will run training sessions for our younger club members in Sidmouth, and expand our activities.

“This grass roots project helps develop the future of the club.

“This further initiative ensures young members are supported by graduates and older members.”

Voluntary organisations looking for a boost from the SVA can apply at www.sidvaleassociation.org.

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