Course has youths on crest of a wave

A Dunbar surfing course in aimed at boosting self-esteem in youngsters has been declared a success.

Wave Project Scotland saw 20 young people at risk of social exclusion take part, having been referred to the scheme by mental health and social services professionals.

Local volunteers acted as ‘surf mentors’ and Jamie Marshall, Wave Project Scotland co-ordinator, was delighted with the programme’s success.

A post-project evaluation saw participants feeling positive about having taken part. Jamie said: “These results are fantastic and have exceeded our brightest expectations.

“We knew that surfing was likely to have a positive impact on clients, but for all of them to have benefited so clearly from the project has been a fantastic outcome.”

The five-week course had a 93 per cent attendance rate, and Jamie added the project would now seek further funding.