Clipper chance for young people

The local Clipper crew on the River Foyle last year. Picture Martin McKeown. Clipperrace.com 29.06.14

The local Clipper crew on the River Foyle last year. Picture Martin McKeown. Clipperrace.com 29.06.14

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Young people from across the North West have a great opportunity to train alongside the crew of the 2015-16 Clipper Race under a new bursary scheme to be launched on Monday.

The event to be held in Strabane will see the award-winning skipper of the Derry~Londonderry~Doire boat in last year’s race Sean McCarter in attendance.

The aim of Monday’s event is to encourage unemployed people over the age of 18 to apply for a special bursary scheme to train alongside the crew taking part in the 2015-16 Clipper Round The World Yacht Race.

The bursary information event is being hosted by Derry City Council and Strabane District Council at the council offices in Strabane on Monday, February 23rd at 11am.

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson and Dan Kelly, Chairperson of Strabane District Council, will also be in attendance and they urged potential bursary applicants from both council areas to attend.

Cllr Kelly said: “This bursary scheme offers a tremendous opportunity to train and work alongside people from different parts of the world. It also provides the ability to learn new core skills which could open up exciting future career opportunities.”

Derry-born Sean McCarter, will travel from his current base in Palma to attend Monday’s information event in Strabane,