Oyster encourages new generation of watersports enthusiasts from its team
Oyster Yachts is launching a scheme to help build a new generation of watersports enthusiasts, offering bursaries to team members to help fund a new passion.
The initiative aims to encourage more young people onto the water and build a lifelong love of water activities and sailing.
“Many of the team working at Oyster started here because of their love of the water, and of sailing and watersports in general,” says deputy chief executive Becky Bridgen. “Now we want to encourage them to encourage the future generation – whether it’s their own children, nieces and nephews, or godchildren – and enable them to have their watersports experiences supported by Oyster Yachts.”
The company-wide bursary scheme is open for applications from all employees. The recipient of the award must be under 18 and, dependent on the merits of the application, up to £1,000 per person may be awarded to each individual.
“Whether it’s helping to fund their very first sail in a dinghy; a taster session on a SUP; or maybe helping a young person gain their instructors certificate to teach watersports or achieve their RYA Yachtmaster to sail around the world, we’d like to help these young people get onto the water and see them grow a lifetime love of watersports,” says Bridgen.
The first applications have already been received from amongst the 450 staff employed by Oyster at its sites in Wroxham, Ipswich, Hythe and Southampton.