Our Journey

Our journey

Trust launched by Sir Ben Ainslie

The Trust was launched by Sir Ben Ainslie and Sir Keith Mills (as Chair) alongside their British challenge for the 35th America's Cup. The Trust was originally known as the 1851 Trust, named after the year of the first America's Cup race.

Our Programmes: STEM Crew

Royal Patron launches flagship education programmes

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge supports the launch of our Tech Deck education space and STEM Crew digital education platform inspired by America's Cup sailing.

Since then, we have hosted 10,000 young people for STEM workshops on the Tech Deck and STEM Crew has developed into a STEM education hub used by thousands of teachers.

Our programmes: Tech Deck Education Space

First pop up roadshows showcase STEM and sailing across the UK

To coincide with the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda, we deliver our first series of multi-activity roadshows days to engage new groups of young people in STEM and sailing. The roadshows combine fun and inspiring STEM activities with exciting on-water sailing experiences, as well as opportunities for personal growth and development.

Our programmes: #NextGeneration Roadshow

Recognition at the world's oldest sailing regatta

Our work engaging new groups of young people with sailing is recognised by the famous Cowes Week sailing regatta as we are appointed official charity for 2018 and 2019.

The partnership helps us raise awareness of our sailing and STEM education programmes within the sailing community and visitors to the regatta. In 2021 we are appointed to deliver new education resources as part of the 5G Connected Cowes project.

Our Partnerships

Sailing programme re-engages young people with learning

INEOS Rebels Crew becomes our flagship participation programme delivered in partnership with watersports centres in some of the most deprived areas of the UK.
We developed a sailing programme to re-engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with learning; and delivered on INEOS's commitment to create a legacy from Sir Ben Ainslie and INEOS TEAM UK's challenge for the 36th America's Cup.

Our programmes: Rebels Crew

Inspiring girls with opportunities in science and technology

The success of our pop up roadshows attracts support from the Department for Transport, which funds a programme designed to engage girls in STEM careers and the maritime sector.

The programme is delivered at coastal locations around the UK in partnership with STEM ambassadors from over 100 companies.

Our Programmes: STEM Crew

New marathon challenge breaks new boundaries

Our first new sports resources, bring alive Eliud Kipchoge’s recording beating sub-2hr marathon by highlighting the amazing science behind the INEOS 1:59 Challenge.

With support from the Challenge team, we created and delivered a unique STEM activity day as a live lesson for students in school and at home, in the UK and internationally.

INEOS 1:59 Challenge

Response to Covid reaches 1 Million students

Bringing together elite sports people such as Sir Lewis Hamilton, Geraint Thomas and Sir Ben Ainslie, our ZERO Days Back to School programme is adopted by 600 schools to help educate, inform and reassure their 1 Million students as they return to school.

Our programmes: Zero Days

36th America’s Cup helps us hit new heights

With the support of Sir Ben Ainslie and inspired by INEOS TEAM UK competing in the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand, we launch new STEM Crew activities for young people. Our STEM Crew teacher network hits 4,000 in the UK and over 7,000 teachers, parents and educators altogether.

Our Programmes: STEM Crew

Pledges of support from partners allow us to build beyond Covid

Despite the challenges of 2020, we are delighted to receive ongoing support from Department for Transport and Fidelity Foundation, and to launch new partnerships with:

- The British SAILGP Team for Season 2 of this elite sailing series

- The FA ahead of Euro’s 2020 - the Sports Technology Awards as its first global charity partner

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