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Inverclyde School Pupils to Enjoy Marine Masterclass Ahead of P1 Powerboats Racing

Educational tour expands to include extra visits for second year 

Primary school pupils across Inverclyde are to be treated to a marine masterclass next week from the P1 Marine Foundation as part of its 'Discover the River Clyde' Schools Project. 

Returning after a successful first year, the educational tour has expanded to include visits to three local primary schools, St Mary's, Ardgowan and Inverkip and aims to educate youngsters about the local environment, wildlife and the influence of the River Clyde within the local community.

As part of the programme, students will produce their own poster celebrating the value and uses of the River Clyde. Pupils who take part will then be invited to the race weekend to meet the powerboat and jet ski racers and view their work on display close to the P1 Race Centre on Greenock Esplanade.

Following on from 2016 when the Foundation visited 170 pupils, next weeks tour will take place over three days, and focus on encouraging youngsters to get interested and involved in powerboat racing and highlight the opportunities available to them.

The visits have been organised by Powerboat P1, who will host the second annual Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea in Greenock in late June, a two-day festival event showcasing high-speed marine motorsport featuring a fleet of P1 Panther race boats and more than thirty jet ski riders.

Co-hosted by Riverside Inverclyde and Inverclyde Council with the support of EventScotland, the free-to-watch weekend event will be the second round of the four-venue P1 race series and is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors with entertainment for all the family.

Sabrina Taseer, Programme Director at P1 Marine Foundation, said:  "Our school visits are designed to educate youngsters on the importance of the Clyde as a natural habitat for wildlife. Pupils will get the opportunity to talk and learn about the local wildlife in their area whilst also finding out about important marine issues.

As a result of the incredibly positive feedback we received last year from pupils and staff we have expanded the visits this year to help raise awareness about wildlife issues and introduce youngsters to motorboat racing" she added.

Marine motorsport fans across Scotland will be able to enjoy another dose of exciting powerboat racing and jet ski action this summer when the P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea returns to Greenock Esplanade on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June, 2017. 

For further info visit: http://www.powerboatp1.com/