A SAILING club is on course to inspire the next generation after gaining national accreditation for its work with children and young people.

The Thornton Steward Sailing Club, between Bedale and Leyburn, has received RYA OnBoard accreditation.

OnBoard is a national grassroots scheme run by the Royal Yachting Association to give anyone aged 8-18 the chance to discover sailing and windsurfing through low cost opportunities for schools, youth groups and families.

John Pilgrim, senior instructor at the club, said: “We’d like as many children as possible to have the chance to get on the water.”