Gorton Debdale boating lake

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A new boat which will help disabled children and young people learn to sail was launched by the Lord Mayor of Manchester on Saturday at Debdale Outdoor Centre  in Gorton.

in GortonThe Drascombe longboat, named ‘Carol B’, has been specially adapted for wheelchair users and can carry up to nine people.

The name Carol B was chosen in honour of Carol Blundell. Carol, who managed Debdale Outdoor Centre for more than 25 years and was instrumental in promoting access to sailing for disabled people, passed away in 2014.

Young people from Debdale Junior Activity Club, Factory Youth Zone and Access Multi Sports Club will attend the launch. They will be given the chance to sail in Carol B, ahead of the launch of the new Debdale Activity Club disability sailing programme – which opens on Saturday 30 May.

‘Carol B’ has been funded with the help of grants from Manchester City Council, We Love Manchester (the Lord Mayor’s charity), the Royal Yachting Association and Community First, plus donations from local businesses Quinton Tyres and Scott Hughes Design.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Sue Cooley, said: “It’s an honour to be able to launch this very special boat at Debdale Outdoor Centre.

“The key aim of the We Love Manchester Charity is to improve the life and life chances of Manchester residents, which is also what Carol Blundell achieved at the centre – the boat’s name is a lasting tribute to her years of hard work.”

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Rosa Battle, added: “The launch of ‘Carol B’ is a fitting tribute to Carol Blundell and her commitment to widening access to leisure activities for disabled people. This accessible boat will be a fantastic addition to the range of facilities available at Debdale Outdoor Centre”

Debdale Outdoor Centre, located at the head of Gorton Lower Reservoir, is a modern, purpose-built outdoor centre owned and operated by Manchester council. From the centre, the Debdale Junior Watersports and Activity Club offers a range of water based activities for children and young people, including dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, powerboating, indoor climbing, orienteering and team-building activities.

Read on the council website here.

debdale park gorton lake

About the centre:

Debdale Outdoor Centre is a modern purpose-built outdoor centre owned and operated by us. We provide an exciting range of activities include dinghy sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and kayaking, powerboating, indoor climbing, orienteering and team-building activities.

The centre caters for a wide variety of people from all ages and educational abilities, with the emphasis being on practical learning and appropriate theory lessons integrated into our courses.

We have courses available for adults and children, individuals and groups, at various levels from easy to advanced. Our courses are structured to promote your learning in a safe and enjoyable environment. All staff are fully qualified and experienced.






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