The Nippers program at Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club has scored some new foam boards ahead of the summer season thanks to Terrigal Bowling Club.
Bowling Club CEO, James Heddo, said the club had pledged funds for new boards for the Under 8 and Under 13 Nippers.
“For so many sporting clubs across Australia, 2020 has proved (to be) an incredibly challenging year, and the need for surf life savers to continue doing their incredible work keeping our community safe on the beach is as important as ever,” Heddo said.
“Terrigal SLSC has continued to run its Nippers program in a COVID-safe manner, training up the next generation of surf life savers on the Central Coast.
“Last season saw 300 Nippers taking part in training at Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club and so we are honoured to be in a position to support so many youngsters with new equipment.
“If this year has taught us anything it is that the Terrigal community is resilient and continues to work collaboratively in a supportive manner.
Surf Life Saving Club President, Kevin Porter, said this year had proved how amazing the local community is, even in difficult times.
“Terrigal Surf Life Saving Nippers is a voluntary organisation which heavily relies on various skilled community volunteers, parent helpers and community donations in order to run successfully,” he said.
“The surf club, and subsequently the Nippers, provide local families with an amazingly supportive social hub which has become more important than ever before.
“The support of organisations such as Terrigal Bowling Club allows us to continue to enhance and protect our families here on the Coast.
“With more people than ever before working from home, we have noticed an increase in beach visitors and so it is imperative that we train up the next generation of life savers in order to cope with the increase in numbers.
“Without donations such as this, we just wouldn’t survive.”