Our Mission

Transformational experiences for young people


It became clear that we needed to take a look at what was happening in schools.

We discovered that capable, intelligent young people were not being exposed to the opportunities that science education could bring.

In parallel, we knew that America’s Cup sailing has a tremendous impact on young people drawn by the excitement of high-speed foiling yachts; we just had to join the dots.

It became clear that we needed to take a look at what was happening in schools.

We were inspired to set up the 1851 Trust charity, alongside the team, with the conviction that we could engage young people with the cutting edge technology developed in sailing.

It is a truly inspiring journey where sport and science meet, where adventure and excellence begins.

Sir Ben Ainslie CBE

Patron, 1851 Trust

Charitable objectives

& Skills

Making learning relevant to all children by bringing science & technology to the fore and addressing the skills gap

& access

Giving young people the opportunity to use sport as a tool to challenge their perceptions and re-engage with learning.

& sustainability

Raising awareness about the importance of safeguarding the environment to influence behavioural change in young people for a better future

& inclusion

By addressing barriers across education and sport we are creating new opportunities and life-changing experiences for under-represented groups.

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Want to chat to us about the importance of STEM, education & sport?

Email us at
enquiries@1851trust.org.uk and we will get back to you.

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