Project information

Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre - New Build

The building of a specially designed water sports centre to replace our ageing porta-cabins at the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre.
Increased training space, indoor areas, classroom teaching aids, office space and storage would significantly increase our ability to deliver our charitable objectives

February 2016 - October 2017

Charity information: Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

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  • Need


    1)We are currently operating form old and worn porta-cabins which need replacing.
    2)Due to limited indoor facilities, our ability to deliver to numerous groups at the same time is limited.
    3) The local area is high on the National indices of deprivation and has limited facilities and opportunities for local youngsters.
    4) There is a high level of inactivity and motivation in the area,
    5) There is a high level of young people with mental and physical health issues in the local area.


    1) Purchase of a new purpose built water sports centre
    2) Provision of multiple good quality indoor training rooms to significantly increase the number of people we can accommodate
    3) Linking with our charitable programmes, we can offer activity to a wide variety of people at minimal cost.
    4) With regular participation programmes, we aim to increase the level of sport participation
    5) Using sailing as a tool, we can address health and low level mental health issues before they become a problem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide additional training rooms for the centre to enhance the quality of the sessions offered.


    » The building we have selected is purpose built and has indoor training facilities which can be separated into 4 separate rooms or into 1 large one.
    » Through local fundraising, we are hoping to raise money to go towards this new building, with remaining funds coming from national charities.
    » We will work with other local charities to ensure that the facility is fully accessible and can be used for people with a range of disabilities.

    What success will look like

    The ASSC records all sessions, there will be a direct increase in the number of sessions, number of students and the time of year that the sessions happen.

    Aim 2

    Provide Dry and warm teaching areas for the sessions to decrease


    » The training facilities will be weatherproof with waterproof flooring, allowing groups who are wet to still use dry and warm areas.
    » These training rooms allow us to run additional Instructor training courses and maximise use of the training rooms available.
    » Additional warm areas allow us to operate into the shoulder seasons and maintain activity for a longer period.

    What success will look like

    Difficult to demonstrate this as they will be used when it is raining or cold. From 2016 we will monitor the number of NON activity sessions and compare before and after figures.

    Aim 3

    Provide office space for long term planning and accounting


    » The space upstairs will have areas set aside for offices which are dry, secure and fit for purpose.
    » The additional space can be used by a duty offficer of the day as it will be higher up and have excellent visibility all round.

    What success will look like

    Upstairs will provide an area to separate the day to day running from the back office accounting and longer term development. Increased view of sailing area will increase safety.

    Aim 4

    Equip the building with Solar Panels to minimise the environmental impact of the project.


    » Working with partners and funders, install photovoltaics on the roof to minimise power costs and carbon footprint

    What success will look like

    We expect to see a long term drop in our power costs and to see a small but steady income for the centre.
    We shall work with schools to build this into the educational experience.

  • Impact


    Longer term, the new centre would significantly increase the ability to effectively deliver the charitable objectives of the centre.
    We will monitor in detail, the level of attendance at the centre, school engagement, the retention of everyone who comes through the centre and the number of participants who go on to regular participation in the sport.
    We will also monitor the number of Instructor courses we deliver and the longer term impact that these courses have nationally.


    In order to justify the new centre, we have to increase its use, The ASSF will be investing heavily in delivery projects at the centre including 200 Instructor courses over the next 2 years and an additional £50,000 to subsidise schools, groups and individuals who wish to use the centre.
    As a business model, we are aiming for a 10% increase year on year for at least the next 4 years.


    The Centre and the Foundation both produce yearly accounts, these include figures for usage. All this information will be available to and sent to all donors on a yearly basis.
    The ASSF will be conducting research at the facility and it is expected that there will be yearly updates on this.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £217,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,500 Planning permissions and fees Gaining the necessary permissions to go ahead with the building
      £150,000 Main Building Purchase of the building
      £35,000 Fitting out of building Including all furniture, office supplies and digital training aids for training rooms.
      £20,000 Solar Power Fitting of a Solar Power system.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are based at the National Sailing Academy in Weymouth and Portland, Home to the 2012 Sailing Olympics, this gives us unrivalled access to safe but challenging waters, which are accessible throughout the day.
    According to the Governments health profile for Weymouth and Portland, 19% of all youngsters are classified as Obese and 19% of all children are classified as living in poverty. This significantly reduces opportunities for sporting activity.


    The project will be accessible to all, we work closely with schools and groups for mass participation, we provide summer courses for young people during their holidays, We provide Instructor trianing to anyone over the age of 16 and our adult courses in sailing and powerboating are open to any age groups.
    We work closely with Chesil Sailabiltiy to ensure that we can deliver for able bodied and disabled people.
    We are currently in the process of growing a local network of charities to work with

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a national reputation for delivering high quality sessions for schools, groups, individuals and instructor training.
    The charity backs up all its delivery with high quality research in conjunction with Universities to ensure that long term planning and development can take place.
    Due to the local challenges faced, we are well placed to be able to combat access to sport, health issues, both physical and mental and to offer aspirational goals to youngsters who use the centre.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Anderton

    Funding and Development for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. Responsible for the project as a whole and for local funding for participation.

    Alex Porter

    Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre Manager. Responsible for the overall centre, its smooth running and delivery of the charitable aims

    Jack Baker

    Senior Instructor for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. Jointly responsible for the day to day running of the centre and safety on the water.

    Dan Hallam

    Senior Instructor for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre. Jointly responsible for the day to day running of the centre and safety on the water.

Reflecting the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation’s objective to inspire the next generation through sailing.

Sir Ben Ainslie