Oarsome Chance Open Day - a great success!

On Saturday 25 Nov, around 100 invited guests attended the Oarsome Chance Open Day to see the new facilities at the Gosport base, next to Forton Lake and to find out about the groundbreaking work we have been doing with disadvantaged young people on our programmes. 

We were very happy to invite Alex Thomson, our new patron, to officially launch our new base during the event, attended by local dignitaries and representatives from schools and youth organisations in the area.

Thomson said he was “delighted” to be a Patron of Oarsome Chance, “it’s fantastic to be involved in a project that is having such a big impact on children’s lives by teaching valuable skills and encouraging local children to get out on the water. The work the Oarsome Chance team are doing is really inspiring. They are giving local children an opportunity to learn in a different environment. We had great fun out on the water on Saturday, racing with some of the students on skiffs which they have built themselves,” he said.

Attendees of the event enjoyed meeting Oarsome Chance staff, volunteers and some of the young people who attend the programmes, who all demonstrated some of the practical activities our young people get involved in, including oar-making and usng industrial sewing machines on donated sail materials. More energetic activities were on offer as well, including the one minute dry rowing challenge and trips out onto the lake for on water rowing.