Official Charity of Land Rover BAR, the 1851 Trust has launched the Go Sail project 2017 for local schools.
The project will provide students living in the Solent area new experiences both on and off the water. Funded by Sport England, the project will include free sailing opportunities coupled with a STEM education programme.
Go Sail will introduce a new generation of 14 to 16-year-olds to the sport of sailing and give them hands-on experience of the real-world science, technology, engineering and maths challenges faced by Land Rover BAR in their challenge to Bring the America’s Cup Home through a workshop in the Tech Deck at the team’s base in Portsmouth.
Go Sail has been developed by the 1851 Trust, the official charity of Portsmouth based America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR, led by Sir Ben Ainslie. The 1851 Trust works to enable, engage and encourage young people from a wide demographic to not only experience sailing but also to understand the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) principles at use every-day in professional sport. A visit to the state of the art Tech Deck at Land Rover BAR means young people can see for themselves the technical innovations being developed to Bring the Cup Home and see the real-world applications of the concepts they learn at school.
Isle of Wight-based charity UKSA will be responsible for delivering the sailing elements of the Go Sail programme. UKSA has been chosen as the delivery partner because of their extensive experience in using sailing and watersports as a catalyst to transform young people’s lives through their youth development programmes. Sailing delivery will take place both at Portsmouth Watersports Centre on the Eastern Rd and at UKSA in Cowes for schools based on the Isle of Wight.
UKSA’s CEO Ben Willows said:
“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, we will be enabling young people to continue their participation with the aim of making sailing a sport for life.
“UKSA can also offer participants a variety of destinations into education, employment or training through our Professional training courses and relationships with marine industry partners.”
Go Sail will be engaging with local schools in the coming months throughout Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant, Fareham and the Isle of Wight to encourage schools to sign up their young people for the opportunity. For further information contact [email protected] or visit www.gosail.org.uk.