our programmes

A unique national schools sailing initiative launched in 2019.

Delivered in partnership with a network of watersports centres & schools and creating
opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop new skills. 

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The aims

Challenge young people to develop new skills and aspirations by giving them the chance to learn
to sail


Provide positive role models from elite and grassroots sport


Encouraging young people to recognise a love of learning to take back into school

The impact


60 partner schools engaged across 12 of the most deprived areas of the UK


2,500 disadvantaged young people (11-13) took part


1,000 gained a sailing qualification

75 %+

75%+ young people reported improvement in confidence, resilience communication and decision-making.

By participating in this programme, students can learn to overcome the fear of the unknown - this is one of the biggest things which holds are pupils back; they would rather say no to an opportunity then take a risk.

By participating, they’ve really come out of their shells and it’s given them a much better outlook on their lives’

Sir Ben Ainslie CBE

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