1851 Trust Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cambridge launches community sailing projects

Today at the Land Rover BAR headquarters in Portsmouth, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge launched the 1851 Trust’s 2016 sailing programme.

The 1851 Trust, the official charity of Land Rover BAR, has partnered with two of the UK’s leading sailing charities, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and UKSA, to give 3,000 young people from the Portsmouth and the wider Solent area the chance to experience sailing.

A unique aspect of the sailing programme is working with sailing clubs and schools to deliver STEMcrew activities as part of the sailing projects, engaging young people in the STEM curriculum in a unique and relevant environment.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the 1851 Trust and the British America's Cup Team, Land Rover BAR, in Portsmouth. Shown here meeting 'Portsmouth Sailing Project' young sailors .

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the 1851 Trust and the British America’s Cup Team, Land Rover BAR, in Portsmouth. Shown here meeting ‘Portsmouth Sailing Project’ young sailors .

The Trust was set up in 2014 when four times Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie launched his America’s Cup team in order to bring the America’s Cup back to home waters. With support from patrons Sir Ben Ainslie and HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, the Trust works to enable and encourage young people from a wide demographic to engage with sailing and uses the inspiration of the team to deliver STEM education in this unique environment.

The Portsmouth Sailing Project, delivered by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and co-funded by Travis Perkins, will see 1,000 young people aged 9-13 from youth groups and other organisations in the Portsmouth area get out on the water for the first time, and provide the opportunity for many of those participants to continue in the sport. Those who wish to take part in the Portsmouth Sailing Project can register online at www.portsmouthsailingproject.org from Wednesday 1st June.

The Go Sail project, delivered by UKSA and funded by Sport England, will enable 2,000 14-16 years olds from Solent schools to have their first taste of sailing. The programme focuses on retention in sailing, on personal development of young people through the activity, and on career pathways in the marine industry. This project will be launched shortly to local teachers and youth group leaders. For further information please contact andy.hooper@uksa.org.

In addition to the sailing programmes, the Trust is developing a free digital educational resource for students and teachers. “STEMcrew” will bring STEM subjects to life through a series of curriculum-linked challenges and activities, using the inspiration of Land Rover BAR and the America’s Cup Challenge to engage young people in the STEM curricula. STEMcrew will be launched in October 2016.

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Land Rover BAR the British Americas Cup Team and the 1851 Trust . Portsmouth. UK. Shown here meeting 'Portsmouth Sailing Project' young sailors .

The Duchess of Cambridge visits Land Rover BAR the British Americas Cup Team and the 1851 Trust . Portsmouth. UK. Shown here meeting ‘Portsmouth Sailing Project’ young sailors .

Quotes:

Sir Keith Mills, 1851 Trust Chairman said “We have a unique opportunity to use the thrill and excitement of the America’s Cup to inspire and excite young people, both to get involved in sailing and to understand the technology and innovation behind it. The team’s recently established facilities in Portsmouth have raised awareness and excitement around the sport of sailing and we want to ensure that local young people are able to experience some of that excitement themselves, in ways that will benefit them both educationally and personally.”

UKSA’s CEO Ben Willows commented, “As a long established and experienced youth development sail training provider, we are privileged to be delivering these opportunities for the 1851 Trust. Through providing pathways into local sailing clubs and our strong relationship with Sea Cadet bases we can offer 14 – 16 year olds from the local area the chance to not only try sailing for the first time but enable them to continue their participation, making sailing a sport for life. We are also able to offer a variety of destinations into education, employment or training through our other courses and partnerships with marine industry partners.”

ASSF CEO Richard Percy said; “This is a great opportunity for more young people from Portsmouth and the surrounding areas to get out on the water, learn about sailing and most importantly have fun in a safe and friendly environment. The Portsmouth Sailing Project is the perfect platform for us to engage with young people that might not have ever considered getting into sailing, or had the opportunity to do so. Learning from 2015 we are really pleased to be able to offer an extended programme for around 50 children that want to continue sailing but aren’t in a position to fund it”.

For further information, please contact: Enquires@1851trust.org.uk, t: 01489 587852

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