Pwllheli Marine Engineering students go on an adventure along the Menai Straits

As part of the Welsh Government's ‘Winter of Well-being’ scheme, students on Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor’s Marine Engineering course at the Pwllheli site had the opportunity to ride Anglesey Boat Trips’ SeaWake boat recently.

The ‘Winter of Well-being’ initiative is part of a £20 million investment by the Welsh Government to support young people and families recovering from the pandemic, ensuring that no child is left behind. Sport Wales has been working with organisations to deliver a varied programme of activities, aimed at inspiring children to get involved in sport and get active.

The Marine Engineering students had the opportunity to ride the company's Discovery speedboat - the only one of its kind in the country - on a trip along the Menai Straits. They sailed under Thomas Telford’s Menai Bridge and Robert Stephenson's Britannia Bridge, before sailing back to Beaumaris and around Puffin Island.

Philip Masterson from the college’s Marine Engineering department on the Pwllheli campus, said: “The Welfare grant has given our learners a much needed break after the last two years of restrictions, it has inspired them to get more involved in the work they have been doing at college, they have now been able to experience the 'fun side' of boating and see places they probably would otherwise never think to visit. It's important as an island nation to get on the sea and see our world from a different perspective, as many locals do not get the chance or simply cannot afford it, this could really inspire young people to see and do something new, after all the world's your Oyster."

Deputy minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, said: “The culture and sport sectors will continue to play an important role in supporting our children and young people to recover from the pandemic, and I’m looking forward to seeing our young people return to what they love to do, and try out new activities too. This programme is another example of how we are working collaboratively to provide our children and young people with opportunities and experiences that will have a positive and lasting impact on their health and well-being.”

Deputy minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan, said: “Providing support for children and young people across Wales is a priority for this government and it is great to see children trying out sporting activities over the half-term break. I hope these sessions inspire the children taking part to explore these sports, stay active, and most importantly, have fun.”

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