Working in partnership to deliver free sailing programme in Portsmouth

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Leading charities set to deliver free sailing programme in Portsmouth

Official Charity of Land Rover BAR, the 1851 Trust has partnered with UKSA to deliver a two-year programme of sailing opportunities for young people across the Solent area – Go Sail. With funding from Sport England, the project will inspire a new generation of 14-16 year olds into sailing and water sports, giving them the chance to experience new activities and build character through time spent on the water.

The scheme will focus on Portsmouth, the home of Land Rover BAR and its immediate neighbours.  The team’s award-winning facilities in Portsmouth have raised awareness and excitement around the sport of sailing. Local young people who might not ordinarily have been aware of the sport will, by now, be conscious of the buzz and thrill of activity in this area, particularly with the America’s Cup World Series Portsmouth Events in July 2015 & 2016.

The 1851 Trust works to enable, engage and encourage young people from a wide demographic to experience sailing and give them options to continue in the sport, to understand the career choices and wider opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and to consider the environment and act sustainably.

Today, sports teams are role models in society.  With sailing’s popularity in the UK at its highest, the partnership’s goal is to capture the excitement of Land Rover BAR’s quest to bring the America’s Cup Home.  Led by sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie, the team hope to successfully challenge for the oldest sporting trophy in the world, one which Britain has never won.

Jo Stocks, 1851 Trust CEO explained, “Building on our experience with the Portsmouth Sailing Project which targets young people age 9-13yrs who might not have had access to sailing, we’ve partnered with UKSA who have experience of working with schools in the area to engage with young people age 14-16 and give them the opportunity to get on the water, develop themselves and perhaps access further qualifications in sailing.  Given the mandate of the Trust it makes perfect sense for us to partner with UKSA and really engage with the young people of the Solent area and provide an opportunity they will hopefully really enjoy and take forward”

Isle of Wight based UKSA uses sailing and watersports as a catalyst to transform young people’s lives. Their youth development programmes give young people the skills and confidence to overcome their personal barriers to success and make a successful transition to further education, employment or training. In addition, UKSA is one of the world’s largest sailing training centres, with partnerships to many of the world’s leading maritime organisations.

UKSA’s CEO Ben Willows commented, “As a long established and experienced youth development sail training provider, will 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 will be able to enable the young people 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.”

Inspiring and engaging a new generation into sailing, the 1851 Trust is dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to take up the sport in their communities. The programme will be engaging with local schools in the coming months throughout Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant and Fareham, encouraging young people to sign up.

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

 

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Editors Notes

About UKSA

UKSA works hard to ensure their youth development and maritime training courses benefit the widest possible range of people. Their charitable status is vital because it enables them to deliver so much more than training and certification alone. The centre provides a unique environment and transformational opportunities for everyone, focusing on both work skills and life skills, using the water as the catalyst for positive change; over 9,000 young people are welcomed through the doors every year.

 

About The 1851 Trust

The 1851 Trust is the Official Charity of Land Rover BAR, the British America’s Cup Team.  The Trust works to enable, engage and encourage young people from a wide demographic to:

  • Experience sailing and give them options to continue in the sport
  • Understand the career choices and wider opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • Consider the environment and act sustainably

The 1851 Trust runs sailing and education programmes to enable, engage and encourage young people to broaden their horizons and grasp new opportunities.

Our Patrons are HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, herself a keen sailor, and four-times Olympic gold medal winning sailor Sir Ben Ainslie.

 

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