Leading charities set to deliver free sailing programme in Portsmouth

Affiliate 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. With funding from Sport England, the charities 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 recently established 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, which Britain have 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 barriers to success and make the transition to further education, employment or training a successful one. In addition, UKSA are one of the world’s largest 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, 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 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.