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10 reasons to take up canoeing
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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
Ten young carers from Aylesbury have spent the afternoon exploring the Grand Union Canal on canoes as part of a six week programme organised by the Canal & River Trust and Bucks Young Carers, to get youngsters active and into sport.
The project is being funded by the Canal & River Trust, Sports England and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and supported by the Chiltern Canoe Club. It is designed to give these young people the chance to socialise with other young carers whilst trying a new sport.
The carers, who are all aged between 14 and 19, have been spending one afternoon a week learning how to paddle a canoe whilst enjoying some well-deserved time out from their caring responsibilities.
Joe Sammon, from the Canal & River Trust, said: “Being a young carer, it can be really difficult to combine the responsibilities at home and being active so it is great we have been able to offer canoeing sessions along the canal. It may look tricky but canoeing is perfect for beginners to try as it’s really easy to pick up and is great to do with friends.”
Philippa Taylor, from Bucks Young Carers, said: “These sporting activities are a great opportunity for young carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities and meet up with others in a similar situation to themselves. Being active whilst exploring the waterways is a wonderful combination and I am sure everyone has had a great time out on the canal.”
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