30 Young East Londoners enjoy their first time out ‘On The Water’


A group of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have been given the chance to experience watersports through Sea Cadets’ summer outreach programme, On The Water.

The 30 young people from East London aged between 9-14 were at London’s Royal Docks this week to try out rowing, kayaking and sailing on the Thames. They wouldn’t usually be able to take part in these types of water-based activities because of the high costs involved. Many of them are young carers, in care themselves or have additional physical and educational needs.

Through charity and business working together, Sea Cadets and Capita have been able to offer this experience to the young East Londoners to boost their mental and physical well-being over the summer holidays.

Every year, the youth charity Sea Cadets offers thousands of young people from low-income communities and other marginalised groups the chance to experience the thrill of water sports, make friends, learn something new, grow in confidence and earn qualifications through the On The Water programme.

“Thanks to the support of Capita’s Project Selbourne, Sea Cadets has been able to change the lives of 30 young people today, and each day, throughout the summer,” said Sea Cadets CEO, Martin Coles CBE.

“By giving them a first taste of the fun and adventure that only boating and watersports can provide, I believe we are broadening their horizons forever – because they now know that getting on the water is not out of their reach, and that organisations like Sea Cadets are there to help them access these experiences.”

David Hook CBE, Managing Director of Capita’s Project Selborne, said: “The inclusion that Sea Cadets achieves through this programme is compelling for Capita as a purpose-led organisation. We’re delighted to support young people from East London who are able to participate as they do not always have access to water sports to experience the fun and adventure that being on the water provides.”

“The young people here today will benefit tremendously from physical activity, being outside of their comfort zones and honing their communication skills in a new environment. And we know that for some this will be create a path for them in lifetime to greater opportunity and achievement.”

Project Selborne is a strategic partnership between Capita and the Royal Navy to modernise and transform shore-based training for sailors and marines. The Project Selborne team took part in the activities at London’s Royal Docks this week to raise awareness of increasing diversity and inclusion within Sea Cadets.