The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation has awarded Ocean Youth Trust South a grant of £2,000.
The money will be used to support 5 young people aged 12-24 who have sailed with OYT South on at least one voyage previously and shown true potential, yet cannot afford the costs of an additional voyage and on-board training to reach the required levels of experience.
These 5 individuals will initially be trained as volunteer bosuns and will progress into a watchleader role once they are aged 18+. Once this training is complete each individual will then carry out these roles and will also help to inspire and teach the next generation of young people on board.
Ocean Youth Trust South’s project was identified by the Trustees of the Foundation as one that truly reflects the aims and objectives of the Foundation, transforming young people’s lives through sailing.
Speaking on behalf of Ocean Youth Trust South, Mark Todd, Chief Executive, commented “We are very proud to be associated with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. This grant will help to offer significant development to young people who have the potential to stay in sailing for a lifetime, not only to enjoy the sport but also to become the future volunteers in sail training or even professionals in the industry”.
“As volunteer bosuns and watchleaders with OYT South (www.oytsouth.org) they will also be leading, teaching and inspiring some of the 450 young people who sail with us on residential voyages every year. These come from the widest possible variety of backgrounds, from keen young sailors wanting to develop their skills, to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable young people who will perhaps only have one chance in all their lives to try living and working on board a sailing vessel. Every week we see young people developing confidence, working as a team and broadening their horizons. A voyage really can transform a young person’s life, and the young volunteers who join our team with support from the Andrew Simpson sailing Foundation can play a major part in helping us continue that work.”
A second Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation grant giving process will be announced over the next few months and once again will be open to all not for profit sailing projects and community sailing programmes worldwide.