Project information

Sailing For All: Challenge Wales

We want to make sail training accessible on Challenge Wales to as many young people, aged 12 - 25 years, as possible through our sailing bursary fund. The experience will give young people employable skills, help foster teamworking and self-confidence and can lead to volunteering opportunities.

June 2014 - June 2017

Charity information: Challenge Wales

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  • Need


    Evaluation of sail-training activities focusing on supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds shows that it provides an intensive environment in which to get to know young people. It provides an environment which develops skills such a team building, problem solving and communication. Young people may be disadvantaged by family circumstances, social or economic and Challenge Wales aims to provide opportunities to improve their outlook on life regardless of their background.


    It will provide sail training opportunities on our tall ship, Challenge Wales. The experience places young people in a positive, can-do, environment with positive role models. It gets them involved in challenging activities and can lead to improved employment prospects, a sailing qualification or they can continue sailing with us as a Challenge Wales volunteer.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide sail training opportunities for 300 young people


    » We will work with youth groups and group leaders with various youth organisations in the voluntary and statutory youth sector
    » We will promote our sail training opportunities amongst young people and youth organisations (our partner organisations)

    What success will look like

    Success will be welcoming 300 young people onboard Challenge Wales during our project

  • Impact


    We undertake pre and post voyage evaluation forms and evidence our activity to show the development of young people during our voyage.
    Long term changes will show fewer young people taking part in crime, and increased number of young people remaining in education, moving into employment or training.


    There is a risk that some of the young people don't get involved in the activity and don't turn up. We have dealt with this by liaising with youth groups, having pre-voyage activities so young people can understand what happens onboard and ensuring we are best placed to replace any late drop outs.


    Funders of this project will receive a monthly email reporting on the activities. It will also get reported in our Annual Accounts Trustees Report.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £187,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £187,500 Bursary Fund Cost to pay for 300 young people to take part on a 5 day youth development voyage on Challenge Wales
  • Background


    At least 50% of our project will take place within Wales; Cardiff, Swansea, Milford Haven, Holyhead. Our sail training voyages will also take us further afield in the UK including; Ireland and the South Coast.


    Young people are direct beneficiaries but also the local communities as sail training is evidenced to reduce anti-social behaviour, we create volunteering opportunities which look great on a CV and can lead to employment.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only sail training charity in Wales and over the past 5 years we have worked with over 1,000 young people. We have links in the voluntary youth sector with hundreds of young people and with some local authority social services.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Volunteer Crew

    We can't name individuals but our volunteers are fantastic people who are passionate about helping young people excel through sail training.

    Administration Assistants And Shore-Side Support

    We currently have two admin assistants providing shore side support plus other shore-side volunteers who manage bookings, training and logistics

    CWVYS - Council Of Wales Voluntary Youth Service

    Challenge Wales is a member of CWVYS, working with groups who work with a variety of youth organisations pan-Wales

Sail training on Challenge Wales

Sail training on Challenge Wales


Will pay for 1 young person for 1 day