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Ely College become one of the beneficiaries of Gemini Boat Race Bursary Fund

Ely College has become one of the beneficiaries of the Gemini Boat Race Bursary Fund.

Having partnered with Isle of Ely Rowing Club to offer rowing taster sessions to more than 180 students, the award will help to provide more opportunities to youngsters.

Students will be given the chance to develop their teamwork and skills, and showcase them on and off the water at local and national competitions.

The support from Gemini will allow for the continuation of summer and Easter taster sessions, and remove any barriers inhibiting the participation in rowing.

Ely College is one of five projects to benefit from the bursary fund.

Blair Halliday, head of UK, Gemini, said: “We are proud to announce the sponsorship of these five selected projects through the Gemini Boat Race Bursary Fund, which support young people across a range of communities in the UK.

“The projects we have chosen to sponsor provide life-changing opportunities to make sport and rowing both inclusive and accessible to young people who would otherwise be excluded.

“The popularity of the sport has grown tremendously over the years, and we are excited to help grow the sport further by bringing it to a more diverse and inclusive audience.”

Tim Senior, the Boat Race chairman, said: “Each project brings a unique opportunity to experience and take part in rowing in a local community, and has been carefully selected from a wide range of applications because of the impact each one can have on youngsters’ lives.

“We hope that the combination of rowing and the life skills offered by each project, will mean that participants can step forwards in their lives.

“We look forward to meeting the young people who join the projects and hearing more about their rowing journey.”

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