250 South Coast students take to the water thanks to Players of People’s Postcode Lottery

The 1851 Trust’s Sailwise programme offers young people the chance to try sailing and to find out about the importance of health and fitness at a professional sports team.  Sailwise was launched earlier this year thanks to new funding from the Postcode Community Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

The 1851 Trust received £18,000 to provide 250 pupils from state funded schools in the Solent region with an incredible opportunity which combines a chance to try sailing for the first time with a visit to the Trust’s Tech Deck at the home of INEOS Team UK, the British challenger for sailing’s America’s Cup in Portsmouth.

Ben Cartledge, 1851 Trust CEO, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant to support young people who would not otherwise have an opportunity like this. Sailing is a great sport for highlighting how important both physical and mental well-being are.  Taking part in sailing also gives young people a taste of independence and responsibility, builds core life skills, and, at the same time, the whole experience can open the door to a world of opportunities. Thank you to all the players of People’s Postcode Lottery, without whom, this would not be possible.”

The Sailwise programme was created by the 1851 Trust in response to national concerns about obesity and diet amongst young people.  The young people take part in activities to learn about muscles, nutrition and how to measure their heart rate before continuing to the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre for an afternoon learning to sail.

For students keen to sail again, the Trust is supporting 25 young people to take part in a five-day sailing course to further increase confidence, to learn other important skills and achieve an RYA sailing certificate. October half term saw the first 12 students take up this opportunity with one stating: “It was great fun. We have been learning the science about how the boat turns. It was really windy out there and we had to use teamwork and communication.”

Sailwise is one of several inspiring, education programmes delivered by the 1851 Trust.  Its programmes harness the power of sailing to challenge perceptions and to excite more young people about the wide range of career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Mrs Wood, a Maths teacher at Priory School who accompanied one of the groups to a Sailwise session said: “In maths we are often asked about how a subject relates to real life. This morning the students were looking at navigation, boat design technology and the science behind hydrofoils – all of which involves maths.”

Ben Cartledge added “We have been so pleased by the positive impact that Sailwise has had in its first year.  With support from local donors we are looking forward to running Sailwise again in 2019, alongside our established Go Sail programme.”

For any teachers interested in getting their students involved with the 1851 Trust’s programmes, please contact  kim.clark@1851trust.org.uk or call 01489 587850.

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