A top yacht club is banning young members from bringing their own toys, booze and even dogs into the club, as a crackdown on the “problem” of underage drinking is ramping up.
The International Whaler’s Club, or IWC, in London, has been under fire since a new report released in July revealed that it had more than 20,000 members aged between 16 and 24, with most of those under 25.
The organisation has been criticised by many as an “alcoholic club” that encourages underage drinking by encouraging young people to bring their own booze.
The IWC’s chief executive, Andrew Pritchard, said in August that “in many ways, the IWC is more of an alcohol club than a yacht club” and said he wanted to ensure young people had “a safe space to be a part of”.
“If we can’t do that, I would like to see the IWT remove all toys, all alcohol, and the dog,” he told The Independent.
“We want to have a relaxed environment where we can talk about all the different aspects of life.
If we can do that and we can keep people safe and healthy, that’s what I would love to see.”
But Mr Pritchett said he was confident in his club’s policy and that young people who brought their own alcohol or drugs into the party were “not welcome”.
“It is very difficult for young people when they are under 21 to come to our club and they have no experience,” he said.
Mr Pritchesons statement came after the IWC received more than 1,200 complaints about underage drinking over the summer and he said they were “looking at how we can help to make our club more of a safe place”.””
The problem with underage drinking and the way it is handled is really difficult for the people who are not able to get access to the club.”
Mr Pritchesons statement came after the IWC received more than 1,200 complaints about underage drinking over the summer and he said they were “looking at how we can help to make our club more of a safe place”.
“I think the biggest thing we want to do is make sure that we have a safe environment, and to make sure young people are safe and we don’t put them in danger, Mr Pritchts statement said.IWC chief executive Andrew Pritchitt, left, with club members.
The IWCC has a policy of allowing members under the age of 21 to join and Mr Punties statement came in the wake of revelations that it was not enforcing the policy.”IWC has been one of the leaders in this area for a long time and I hope we can continue to have the most effective and positive response to the issues we face,” Mr Pirithes statement said in a statement.”
Our club is very much committed to a safe, supportive and supportive environment for everyone in the community and we have taken significant steps to address the issues and improve our policies over the past year.””
It has been difficult to keep pace with the growth in the number of people who attend and we are currently working with the government to make some of the changes we have been implementing to our policies to better protect young people from harm.
“The IWC says its policies have been successful and its annual membership has tripled since the start of the year, with nearly one in three new members coming from outside the UK.