JCB Academy students Canoe News

JCB Academy students put their paddle power to the test under the expert eye of Olympic canoeist Adam Burgess.

The youngsters took to the water for a masterclass with JCB-sponsored Adam at the company’s World Headquarters in Rocester, trying out a host of new canoes, kayaks and paddle boards, donated by the company. 

And the Academy plans to put the £5,000-worth of new water sports equipment to great use – holding regular sports sessions for students as well as planning a marathon 70km fundraiser on the lake this summer, in aid of JCB’s NSPCC Platinum Jubilee Appeal.

Following the water sports session, Adam, from Stone, shared his inspirational sporting story with more than 150 Year 9 JCB Academy students in a presentation at the JCB World Headquarters theatre.
It is brilliant to see JCB investing in the next generation of water sports enthusiasts – whether it’s for fun or at competitive level. Staffordshire has a proud pedigree of producing Olympic canoeists and it would be great to see some of these youngsters following in my footsteps.

Adam Burgess | Olympic Canoeist

JCB Academy Head of Physical Education Nik Morgan said: “The JCB Academy prides itself on offering the best educational and sporting opportunities for our young people. We cannot thank JCB enough for enabling the students to really broaden their horizons with this generous donation.”