Students from Newquay Junior Academy and St. Columb Minor Academy were, this week, given a taste of surfing by Treviglas Community College on an exciting beach based day run by the college. Treviglas’ Surf Academy, in partnership with Elemental UK at Tolcarne beach, has run a number of surf taster days for all the Newquay Primary schools this term. The primary students were chosen as they had little or no experience in surfing, but were keen to try a new activity that their schools were unable to offer in normal curriculum time. The coaching and equipment were all provided for the day by Treviglas’ Surf Academy, along with the coaches as part of their community work. Helping those students progress towards their final qualifications in the industry.
Sean Wells, Community Sports Coordinator, said, ‘We have been running these taster days and festivals for novice surfers following research, that we conducted, that found that only 6% of the children in local primary schools surf and 22% have never been in the water for any activity. We wanted to put that right! It is always so satisfying to see how enthusiastically the students take to the water.’
Andy Nions, primary surfing coordinator at Treviglas, along with his Surf Academy@Treviglas team, has been working with Newquay primary schools to give Year 4 and 5 students a surfing experience. Andy said, ‘The day was spent learning about beach safety, the waves and water safety, followed by a surfing lesson by the instructors from the Surf Academy. The novice surf festival was the culmination of all that practice, to pit their skills against novice surfers from other primary schools across Newquay.’
Andy Nions will also be coordinating Treviglas’ College Elite surfing programme for KS2 and KS3 students, which has previously been such a great success with Oli Adams, Tom Butler, Luke Dillon lead coaches.