Project information

Opportunities Afloat

A water-sports and sailing summer camp supported by our Skills for Life framework for disadvantaged young people. Through sailing and outdoor activities, beneficiaries will have fun learning to work together effectively, fostering confidence, resilience and a sense of independence and freedom.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: UK Sailing Academy

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  • Need

    Need

    Young people are struggling to make the transition from education into employment. Through sailing and watersports, UKSA provides opportunities for young people to develop the life-skills so critical to coping through difficult transitions, and a new environment in which to learn and thrive.

    Solution

    UKSA is focussed on widening access to life-skills and careers programmes in the maritime sector. Last year we delivered sailing and watersports training for 100,000 people, 75 per cent of whom were 25 years or younger. From children as young as six taking their first steps onto a paddle board, to young people training to become a cadet on a superyacht, UKSA offers pathways to a life on the water.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To allow young people in more difficult circumstances experience the life-changing power of the sea

    Activities

    » Provide a residential watersports programme supported by our Skills for Life framework for disadvantaged young people at our academy in Cowes.

    Participants will be asked to rate and comment on their self-assessment of six core life skills and, when they have completed the course, they will be asked to reassess themselves


  • Impact

    Impact

    In 2017 we received a group of students from George Green School in Lewisham, funded by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Over the course of their stay with us, we saw an increase of 56% in the young people's confidence in their communication skills. We would expect our beneficiaries to experience higher enjoyment of learning, enhanced confidence and a greater willingness to try new activities. We will ask them to send us a postcard by Christmas to tell us how they are getting on.

    Risk

    Weather - we have contingency land-based confidence building activities, and there are sheltered areas on site in which we can instruct safely under varying conditions

    Reporting

    We will provide a quarterly update from UKSA and an end of project within 6 months of project completion

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £12,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 summer camp activity weeks 4 summer camp activity weeks benefiting up to 30 young people
  • Background

    Location

    UKSA is based in Cowes, the heart of yachting and an inspiring backdrop for young people to aim high. The Isle of Wight has a myriad of places to explore, many of which situated in an AONB. UKSA is the largest training provider of our type in the world with a fleet of sailing dinghies, water-sports equipment, ribs and yachts. Our on-site dormitories and showers enable us to meet the safeguarding needs of our young people while providing entertainment and on-site catering.

    Beneficiaries

    This project will benefit disadvantaged young people aged 10-14. We will select those young people through existing connections with inner city schools, academies and youth groups.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    UKSA is the largest training provider of our type in the world with a fleet of sailing dinghies, water-sports equipment, ribs and yachts. Our on-site dormitories and showers enable us to meet the safeguarding needs of our young people while providing entertainment and on-site catering.

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    People

    Ben Willows

    Chief Executive