2019 was the last year we were able to run an active programme under the AYC Schools Sailing Trust. Here is a snapshot:
Applied for charity status, awarded in July 2019
Raised £20,830 to kick start the charity
8 School groups / 9 Classes had a great sailing experience
180 Young people took part
28 Volunteers actively involved
11 Qualified instructors
56 Generous donors
5 Supportive sponsors
2021 is going to be ever more important to give children support and encouragement to make up for this challenging year.
AYC Schools Sailing Trust is feeling confident, from guidance provided by the RYA, that schools sailing should be deliverable in 2021 as schools are now set up to manage the COVID-19 environment.
So, AYCSST is busy planning, 9 schools are already scheduled for June 2021. The speed of the schools’ response when we made contact shows how important initiatives such as AYC Schools Sailing are going to be for children in our community.
In 2020 a lot of work had gone into creating an educational outreach programme that would run in advance of the sailing activities, so children arrive with some level of knowledge and perhaps a few less nerves. It will teach pupils about the history, geography, and the environment, including the impact of climate change on the river on which they will learn to sail.
"The day our children spent at Aldeburgh Yacht Club opened up a whole new world of experiences for the children from our school. Not only was it an amazing opportunity for them to experience something new, take them out of their comfort zone and build their confidence, it also provided them with the opportunity to have first class sailing tuition. They all had a fantastic day.”Lucie Fairweather, Head teacher, Eyke Primary School.
The AYC Schools Sailing Trust charitable status was confirmed in 2019, following a hugely successful response from AYC Members and sponsors to support this initiative with an initial £20,000 donated.Some of those funds were spent on the 2019 programme and donations have continued to land. We currently have £16,000 in the bank account which, trusting COVID-19 guidelines allow, puts us in a comfortable position to press ahead with a 2021 programme.
The charitable status will also ensure we have the benefit of gift aid from donations going forward, along with a firm commitment to deliver against the charity’s promise:
The AYC Schools Sailing Trust has been established to get more young people from schools and youth groups in the Suffolk community on the water to benefit from the life skills that sailing, and water-based sports, can encourage – creativity, confidence, teamwork, communication, determination, and independence. It is aimed at giving young people from the Suffolk community who have not had the chance to learn to sail or experience other water-based activities.
AYC Schools Sailing now brings in more participants and finances to the AYC training offer than the summer courses and brings an additional benefit of giving our young instructors more experience in the run up to the Summer Courses starting in July.
Due to Coronavirus, the Trustees are focused on getting the 2021 programme underway and use the funds raised to date. However, from 2022 we do plan to make a request to Members for donations and very much hope their generosity will continue. Meanwhile, we are always grateful to anyone who can support us in anyway as one of our many priorities is to ensure the programme is sustainable. You can donate via:
AYC Schools Sailing Trust
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If you can also download and complete the Gift Aid form and send it to email@example.com, or post it to Ellie in the office, that will enable AYC SST to claim the gift aid.
The programme relies on volunteers, to complement the paid instructors, who can commit time in June (the programme runs every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – morning and afternoon) to deliver the programme. As you can imagine, it requires a high number of helpers to provide a high level of safety cover. In addition to sailing instructors, the roles range from shore-based helpers, qualified safety boat drivers, safety boat crew, and good sailors who are keen to learn how to teach sailing to young people.
Sunday 9th May is a fixture in the AYC calendar to run a training day for volunteers so that everyone is focused and briefed in advance. This year we are looking at how to equip our volunteers with the skills to teach sailing, safety boat helm and crews and first aid. Specific training courses are being planned for volunteers. If you would like to know more, do contact Susie Rixon, firstname.lastname@example.org, who co-ordinates the volunteers.
On Thursday 1st July, we will be inviting our sponsors and supporters down to see the programme in action. If you are interested to learn more, do put the date in your diary and email email@example.com as we are keen to show the work to as many interested people as possible. Thank you drinks for everyone involved is planned for 4pm that day.
Please, at any time, if you would like to learn more about AYC Schools Sailing do get in contact with any of the Trustees. We would love to hear from you. We are passionate about ensuring we establish the charity and can continue to provide the sailing experience to young people in our community.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all our generous donors, hardworking team of volunteers and sponsors - Suffolk Secrets, RF Upson & Son, James White Drinks, Stressless (Ekornes Ltd) and Ward & McKenzie Yacht Consultants – without whom 180 children would not have experienced sailing and enjoyed time on the River Alde in 2019.