New Sponsor for Swansea’s Inclusive Surf Project
09 Nov 2020
The world class centre on the Gower will enable children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and those with additional needs to experience the exhilaration and joy of riding the waves. The UK’s first tandem seated surfboard, allowing coaches to accompany children in the surf, is among the innovative equipment and practices pioneered by Surfability U.K CIC at Caswell Bay.
The project was the brainchild of Benjamin Clifford who, together with the support and guidance of co-directors Nathan John and Benedict Room, founded Surfability UK 7 years ago. The DIY SOS team called to action hundreds of local tradespeople and volunteers, who were mobilised to design and deliver the vision.
The BBC has described the programme as “spadefuls of community spirit, bucket loads of tear-jerking moments and the chance to witness Nick Knowles in a wetsuit”.
Benedict Room said:
“We are extremely grateful to our supporters for enabling us to open up the thrills, delights and benefits of surfing to those who until now have not had the chance to experience them. I hope the programme alerts many more people to this new inclusive approach and perhaps inspires others to replicate what we have done here on Gower in all walks of life.'
Hydro Industries, a water technology company based nearby at Llangennech have just announced their support as the lead commercial sponsor to help take the project forward.
Sarah Preece, who first saw an opportunity for Hydro to get involved, described Surfability as:
“The dream team”.
“Hydro is proud to be the lead sponsor of Surfability UK. It gives us great joy to see our logo on their new website and kit and we are delighted that a BBC Children in Need special will tell the story of Surfability’s heroic journey, whilst showcasing incredibly generous local support. Hydro’s commitment to environmental programs to help clean water-ways and oceans makes this a perfect partnership”.
If you would like to be involved in supporting this fantastic movement and community, please get in touch with Benedict Room, Partnership Manager: Benedict@surfabilityukcic.org