Today we are excited to announce we have awarded a grant of eight thousand, nine hundred pounds to London’s Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre.
The money will be used to fund a minimum of 100 children and young people between ages of eight to eighteen to increase the scope of sailing in the local community.
A variety of schools from the Borough of Tower Hamlets and the local area will be involved. Each school has been identified for either not currently running a watersports programme, that cater for areas of socio-economic deprivation or have a high proportion of BAME (Black, Asian, Ethnic Minority) children per class.
Pupils from these schools will be provided with subsidised sailing sessions over 5 weeks with the aim of all children achieving a minimum of the RYA Youth Stage 1.
From these sessions, and with the help of support staff from schools that show willing and determination, a number of pupils will be selected to attend a youth multi activity week at the centre during the summer holidays, giving them the opportunity to continue the sport of sailing.
Speaking on behalf of Docklands Phil Holman said “this grant from the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation will enable us to bring schools with limited outdoor space and PE facilities and offer the children long term affordable sailing”
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.