Frequently asked questions about our charity

Investing in the lives of young people is at the centre of all UKSA does. We are a unique national charity. No other organisation offers such a diversity of water-based training and education, encouraging, supporting and inspiring young people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

We are the largest RYA centre in the world, providing full-time education courses, watersports instructor training, yachting and superyacht careers.

Who were UKSA’s beneficiaries in 2017/18?

The majority of UKSA’s nearly 10,000 primary beneficiaries were young people under the age of 25.

  • 38% of the people who trained here did so with some financial help from UKSA or our partners and sponsors
  • 2,060 youth development beneficiaries completed courses
  • 127 young people aged 16-17 from the Isle of Wight completed the National Citizen’s Programme (NCS) with UKSA
  • 100% of young people who completed Further Education courses moved into employment or further education and training
  • 32% (51) of all schools & groups were funded
  • 26% (40) of schools were based in areas of deprivation (2017 Gov. data)
  • 34% (27) of schools had a greater proportion of Special Education Needs students vs. national average (Dept of Education data)
  • 376 individuals started one of our career training courses, 54 of these students received funding support (valued at > £320,000) with:
    • 44% entering the superyacht industry
    • 25% entering the watersports industry
    • 15% going into the flotilla industry

(Impact Report 2017/18 financial year)

What is UKSA’s income, and how much we hold in reserve?

As a registered charity UKSA’s accounts and financial information are available to the public via the Charity Commission website. The Charity Commission page also provides information on UKSA’s ~ Trustees and charitable objectives.

How many people work at UKSA and how many of them are volunteers?

The number of people working at UKSA can fluctuate from around 110 during the low season to 130 in the high season, due to the seasonal nature of our work. UKSA also has 15 volunteers, which include a Youth Board and the charity’s Trustees.

How is UKSA governed and structured?

  • UKSA is a charity registered as UK Sailing Academy.
  • The charity is administered by a Board of unpaid trustees, who appoint the Chief Executive.
  • The Board meets six times a year at UKSA with the senior management team, to discuss strategy and the major issues affecting UKSA, as well as assessing performance. Decisions made at these meetings are enacted by the senior management team, who are responsible for the day to day running of the charity.

What policies does UKSA have in place?

UKSA has a number of policies in place, of which the following are the key ones:

  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Disability Strategy
  • Child Protection Policy
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Smoke-free Policy
  • Staff Development Policy

All paid staff, contracted instructors, volunteers and trustees who carry out their duties on UKSA’s premises or at other locations where UKSA activities are taking place are required to have Criminal Records Bureau enhanced checks on commencement of employment or engagement with UKSA.

All checks are repeated every two years.

Should you require further information regarding policies in effect at UKSA, please do not hesitate to contact our HR department.

What insurance cover does UKSA we have in place?

UKSA and its trading subsidiary are covered by insurance. A comprehensive review of levels of cover and exposure is part of standard governance and is carried out every 3 years.

Who are UKSA’s funding partners?

UKSA works with a number of trusts, companies and individuals to ensure that our water-based activities are available to all. A list of our charity partners is available here.