The University of Hull is investing in an ambitious new five-year partnership with two grassroots sport clubs in Scarborough to help raise the aspirations of young people and adults in the area and transform their future prospects.
More than £60,000 is being invested by the University in the initiative which will enable both clubs to upgrade their facilities and increase their capacity so more people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds can access transformative sport experiences.
Under the partnership, Dexter’s Surf School will use the money to expand its changing facilities and increase its provision while the Desapline Martial Artsschool will move to a new, bigger dojo in the town.
To celebrate the launch, everyone is being invited to join a free activity-filled open day on Saturday, April 13, at the North Bay Piazza.
The University of Hull, through its North Yorkshire Partnership Hub, has worked with these clubs for some time as part of the successful Scarborough & North Yorkshire Children’s University programme, which aims to encourage young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to participate in out of school clubs and activities.
The aim of the programme is to raise aspirations and boost self-esteem which is proven to have a positive impact on what children go onto achieve in their education and lives beyond.
Members of the clubs will be able to access sports facilities at both clubs and will also be able to participate in a range of events and workshops at the University campus in Hull.
Dexter’s, which is owned and run by local businessman Luke Austin, began surf lessons for children and adults back in 2012. Today, they also provide equipment and run activities including SUP and Kayak Tours and Jet Ski Safaris.
Established in 2014 by Andy Desa, a martial arts professional of 37 years and holder of 10 world and 187 European titles, Desapline Martial Arts has more than 250 local members, ranging from 2 years old to more than 70.
Deborah Green, director of widening participation at the University of Hull, says: