Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Response from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

I received a reply from the government department that deals with Sport, I didn't get a response from the MP herself but I got a response regardless!

The support team on their letter thanked me for details of the blog and they stated "it was a pleasure to visit the site and learn more about sandboarding", it's worth mentioning at this point that they are the relevant department for Sport; they don't endorse any sport but they have diverted my attention to Sport England which is an organisation that deals with the recognition, support, and funding for sports.

Armed with this new information, I have wrote a follow up letter to Sport England outlining what I want to see and how they can help me; in the response from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport a very important message was included: "in order to qualify for support and funding from Sport England, sandboarding would need to become officially recognised." and so it means that I have a plan, more or less.

To become a member of Dune Riders International, we must have facilities that complement the sand dunes in the UK; but to have the facilities we need money from small businesses, sponsors, grants, etc... And to get this, we need sandboarding to be recognised.

View the full letter below, as always I will keep you posted on what happens next.

*white lines on the letter is from correction fluid as I'm on a typewriter.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Competition Winner (31st July 2018)

The competition has now closed! Thank you if you took part, I'm happy to reveal that the winner is...

Connor Chin of Mullaloo, Western Australia!

An official Sandboarding Nation T-shirt is on its way to you, and if you would like to order one yourself, please check out the Sandboarding Nation Zazzle Shop!



Monday, August 13, 2018

Letter to the Sports Minister

A few moments ago, I sent a letter to the Minister of Sport outlining my mission for the UK to become a nation on the Sandboarding stage, hopefully the success story of the Curralow Beach dunes in Wexford, Ireland can be replicated in a country home to the second largest sand dunes in Europe (Merthyr Mawr, Wales) and my first sandboarding experience took place (Holywell Bay), in the letter I expressed my desire for the UK to also have businesses that teach sandboarding to the masses and to also lease sandboards to tourists, this I believe could encourage tourism, allow youngsters to find another sport, hopefully encourage sports stars, and allow the UK to be a member of the DRI, something which I have long campaigned for.

If the minister of Sport (Tracey Crouch) is reading this, I would like to ask her support for my cause followed by a potential letter of approval *wink wink*, and ask what I can do as a blogger to help boost the popularity of Sandboarding in the UK and how I can go about making sandboarding a thing that can be enjoyed by many, there are good sandboarding places in this country and I would like to harness their potential as spots for developing individuals, building teams, and also to amaze people with the speeds, tricks, and things you can do with a board and a sand dune.

I am still on a hold but I'm still attempting to write the book. Follow instagram, twitter,  and facebook for more updates.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Down But Not Out

It's been 3 years, 7 months, 21 days, 21 hours, and about 15 minutes when I started doing a blog as a serious personal hobby, which about a year later developed in a money making hobby (albeit being very little amount of money).

Ever since last September, I have re-started college and it may come as a bit of a surprise given that I hate being in college when I started my blog; this re-entry into college was a bigger personal development for me as it was firstly a different college, I met people who gave me support and gave me confidence into blogging even more, and I actually enjoyed the education I received this time around.

I'm almost at the end of my second year, however; I am in the process of starting another 2½ years of education which will hopefully give me a degree in Business and because of the scale of work that has to be done in order to achieve this, including working full time on night shifts; the time I have is very limited.

I'm currently on holiday right now writing this, if I was back at home; I would either be at college, at work, sleeping, or all three. I've also been thinking of doing other blogs about finance and even had ideas for a business spinning in my head, I've been through many girlfriends in this time ranging in time from 10 days to 11 months, the amount of times I've been working nights after a full day at college is considerable so that's left me to feel down sometimes. Ever since I started this blog, I've been to the Canary Islands and India; they didn't much in terms of blogging material as I'm what you'd call a home blogger, I blog about the matters away from all of the drama and I know this is inconvenient as I demotivates me but it also puts off the content for all of you out there, especially if there's a longer and longer break between posts.

It's been a good long time since I made any posts on a regular basis so deciding to do this now rather than later seems appropriate.

Which is why given all of these considerations, I will be taking a long hiatus (or a break if you don't have much time), to focus on my studies and my employment whilst this blog is having a rest; I want to make it perfectly clear that this blog won't be going, this is solely a break and I am coming back here (unless I'm dead). If you subscribe to the Sandboarding Nation's Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram feeds, you might even get a sneak peek on any information as to when I come back; I'd also post it on here if you sometime find this blog in the future, this also means halted progress on the book too.

The latest I'm definitely coming back here would be in the next 4 years, hopefully less. I want to take this brief opportunity to thank everyone for their support and recognition of my efforts to this blog since I started in 2014, I can say with confidence that my skills on writing have improved during this time; I may not have changed the world but I definitely have made it a slight more interesting, I've even lost count of how many times I personally have explained to people what Sandboarding is and because of that and people's perception of me to become an expert on the subject as it were; I think this 3 year experiment has been a success. 

I will still make my Top 10 list of Sandboarding Nation's for this blog every November, nothing else.

I'm going for now but everything is staying as it is, I could not have done this without you all. Thank you.