Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park’s Castle Semple Centre in Lochwinnoch was delighted to host the naming of new accessible boats by pupils at the newly named Renfrewshire additional needs support school – Riverbrae.
Tallulah, the blue bellboat was named by the Pupil Council of Kersland School, our photo shows Peter MacLeod Director of Education at Renfrewshire Council with a team of paddlers from the school. Looking on is Stephen Cruickshank, Chair of Renfrewshire Access Panel, who got the funding for the boat and Catherine Gilius Head Teacher Riverbrae School.
Pupils from Kersland and Clippens are already regular participants of the accessible sailing, paddling, powerboat and cycling opportunities provided by Castle Semple Centre. This additional equipment has allowed some of the pupils to do their John Muir Award with the help of Regional Park staff.
Stephen Cruickshank, Chair of Renfrewshire Access Panel said “We are delighted to be part of the access improvement story at Clyde Muirshiel’s Castle Semple Centre. The Centre really does continue to go from strength to strength with the range of equipment provided and the accessible events delivered by the wonderful staff, they really are an asset to the whole area. The bellboats, were funded by the Peoples Postcode Lottery, and add to the range of accessible boats and bikes already in use.
Both these boats add to the fleet of accessible boats and cycles based at the Regional Park’s Castle Semple Centre – Scotland’s only Centre of Excellence for Sailability. This new equipment will enable more people to get on the water and also support the Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition training and skill development programmes.