Open Water Education Network (OWEN) was set up in memory of 12-year Owen Jenkins from Beeston Rylands who went into the water at Beeston Weir to rescue two friends but sadly lost his life.
Founded by Owen’s parents, Nicola and Gary, the charity has been set up to educate children, young people and adults about the dangers of open water, how to spot potential hazards and dangers, know what to do in an emergency and how to protect yourself by staying dry. The programme teaches young adults how to deliver the programme to their peers with the support and training from the OWEN team.
Speedo have provided funding towards the primary school programme which is being written in a way that the children of that age can comprehend with the terminology used being age appropriate. Activities, animations and books using primary school children’s voices and drawings will be used in the primary school package that will be accessible to all schools.
The programme is currently being developed with a local children’s animator Sojo Animation so keep an eye on this page for future updates!
OWEN provides a much needed and valued service for the community of Nottingham and Speedo are proud to support such a great organisation local to their headquarters.