Prince Harry has visited a couple of projects on his visit to the North-West this week which seek to engage youngsters who are in danger of falling out of education, training or employment. The first of these was to Cast North West at Newburgh. This seeks to use sport of fishing, combined with horticulture and work-based learning to give people a sense of achievement.
The Prince visited indoor and outdoor angling centres where he tried his hand at fishing. He then moved through the aquaponics
area to the fish breeding centre, before planting a tree at the garden centre to commemorate his visit. The garden centre is where hanging baskets made by the students there are amongst the products on sale.
Neal Farnworth, the founder of the Cast North West project was impressed by the Prince’s warmth and approachability. He said “He’s just so relaxed and makes everyone feel relaxed, He was blown away – he said he’s going to come back and bring his dad because he’d love to see it.”
From the serene and gentle sport of angling, the Prince then went to the high octane world of motor sport, as he visited The Blair Project at the Three Sisters Racetrack. This projects aims to create motorsport projects which will hopefully spark an interest in those attending to enter a career in science, engineering, technology and digital industries. It probably also struck a chord with the Prince who last week was announced as Royal Patron of the Silverstone Heritage Experience which also hopes to show the opportunities which can be gleaned through careers in motorsport or allied industries.
A Royal spokesman said the visits will: “give Prince Harry a further insight into some of the great work that is taking place around the country by community groups, who are developing the life chances of at-risk young people through sports and leisure activities.
“During his visit, Prince Harry will see how the benefits of sport are being maximised by these organisations and used as a platform for education, training, employment and personal development among young people.”