Royal double for Warmley Park's water sports crew

March 29 2018

MEETING a member of the royal family is something many people never experience in their lifetime.

But for students at Warmley Park School it seems to be a regular occurrence. For not only did they rub shoulders with Princess Anne, just weeks later they said hello to Prince Edward.

Students from the special school for pupils aged from three to 19 with learning difficulties and additional needs met both royal family members when they visited All-Aboard Watersports Centre on Bristol Harbourside.

All-Aboard provides opportunities for all members of the community, regardless of ability, age or background, to take part in a wide range of water sports on the historic docks. 

Princess Anne, who is president of the Royal Yachting Association, visited in January to help celebrate the charity’s fifth anniversary.As well as launching a new powerboat called Andiamo, she also had great fun when she started a canoe race between children from Warmley Park School and Elmlea School in Westbury-on-Trym.

The youngsters, who demonstrated great team skills during the race, were awarded their certificates by the Princess Royal.

The following month her brother, Prince Edward, also met youngsters from Warmley Park when he paid a visit to the charity.

The Earl of Wessex popped in to the centre in his capacity as Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award Scheme Ambassador, taking over the role from his father, Prince Philip, who recently stepped down from royal engagements.

Students from Warmley Park were invited to meet the prince after they spent several weeks with the centre before a two-day paddling expedition on the River Wye as part of their bronze DofE Award Scheme.

All-Aboard spokeswoman Sarah Harding said: "Both Princess Anne and Prince Edward were absolutely fantastic with all the students and were really interested in what they'd been doing here with us.

"It's also been brilliant for us to have some recognition of what we are doing with students like those from Warmley Park and all the other groups that come down to the centre and benefit from what we can offer."