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Project information

"Summer Sailaway"

This is a great introduction to the exciting sport of sailing and rowing and is suitable for all ages, individuals and groups, this course covers the basics in a safe, inclusive environment based London's famous River Thames!

July 2018 - September 2020

Charity information: The AHOY Centre

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  • Need


    The area we operate in has particular issues - including high levels of unemployment, disadvantage in income, health and crime, low levels of educational attainment, a growing number of NEETs (young people aged 16 to 24 Not in Employment, Education or Training) and a poor natural environment. Our surrounding boroughs of Royal Greenwich, Lewisham & Southwark have some of the highest rates of child poverty in London.


    Our project will offer young people an alternative to crime and unemployment - giving opportunities to broaden their horizons and skills. Participants will also be encouraged to join our other programmes to continue their learning and training: “Shipmates” for our youth volunteers plus our “Pathway to Employment” programme incorporating commercial skills and qualifications i.e. NVQs, NCFEs, BTechs and Activity Leadership Apprenticeships.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Introduce sailing on the River Thames to widen horizons and experiences.


    » Using our dinghies plus our qualified and motivational instructors participants will enjoy sailing on the River Thames

    What success will look like

    Participants will show competence & confidence in dinghy sailing

    Aim 2

    Introduce rowing, both indoor and afloat on the River Thames to widen horizons and experiences


    » Using our beautiful rowing boats plus our qualified and motivational instructors participants will enjoy rowing on the River Thames
    » Using our dedicated indoor rowing gym plus our qualified and motivational instructors participants will enjoy indoor rowing

    What success will look like

    Participants will show competence & confidence in both indoor and water rowing

    Aim 3

    Teach basic nutrition, food prep and cooking


    » Talks on nutirtion and food budgeting
    » Access to our commercial kitchen to learn and use kitchen tools and equipment

    What success will look like

    Participants will prepare meals whilst on-site

    Aim 4

    Open up emplyment/career opportunities


    » By working alongside our instructors they will learn more about careers in the watersports and marine industries and employment opportunities

    What success will look like

    Participants will have knowledge on career opportunities

  • Impact


    - Opportunities to continue to learn skills, including essential life-skills at AHOY via one of our long-term, all year programmes by encouraging join-up at the end of the Summer programme
    - Healthier lifestyle around food and nutrition by sense checking knowledge whilst with us
    - Broaden horizons and encourage planning on careers and opportunities in London via our instructors and apprentices


    Our main risk is lack of funding and we will use funding from our sponsored rowing challenges to fill any shortfall


    Via regular updates by email, Twitter, our website and LinkedIn

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £600 Food Food for meal prep and lunches
      £400 Admin Costs for adminsitration resource for outreach etc.
      £12,000 Instructors/Trainers Qualified Instructors and trainers to complete work shops
      £2,000 Safety Equipment Costs for maintenance/repai of fleet aplus fuwl costs for safety boats
  • Background


    All the planned activities will take place at our riverside centre in Deptford, South London.

    Our centre is easily accessed by road, bus, over ground BR trains and the DLR.


    60 young people from our surrounding areas, mainly Lewisham, Greenwich & Southwark.

    The area we operate in is located in one of London’s most deprived communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    In the thirteen years we have been operating we have helped over 13,000 people to benefit from watersports activities not usually accessible in this part of London and we work with an average 600 participants each year. Sailing and rowing is the “medium” we use to increase learning, life-skills and aspirations i.e. self-confidence, team working, problem solving, leadership and DIY skills.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cair Ongley

    As Operations Manager, Clair will head up the campaign

    Sharon Murphy

    As Operations & Fundraising Administrator, Sharon will be a key person in assisting Clair with the launch and successful campaign

    Clive Ongley

    As the founder of our charity and current CEO, Clive will be pivotal in networking his extensive contact and supporters to secure support

    Michael Rees

    As Chair Trustee, Michael will lead and inspire our Board to support.