Youngsters Learn Skill on the Water Thanks to ABP Southampton Sailing Academy

July 10, 2017

YOUNGSTERS from Southampton and the Waterside will be learning about life on the ocean wave thanks to the ABP Southampton Sailing Academy.
The Port of Southampton is funding taster sessions for 8-16 year old’s at Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC) and the following schools are taking part:
• Newlands School in Millbrook
• Forest Park School in Totton
• Redbridge Community School in Redbridge• St Johns School in Southampton
• Fairisle school in Lordshill
• Marchwood School in Marchwood
• Holy Family School in Millbrook
• Bitterne School in Southampton
• Sinclair School in Southampton
Pupils from Redbridge Community School are pictured having a great time on the water, learning new skills and building confidence. Since the ABP Southampton Sailing Academy began in 2014 285 children have taken part in a total of 2,635 hours of sailing.
Recently children from Waterside Primary School took to the water with SWAC and Head teacher Penny Bullough described what a life-changing experience it was for many of the youngsters from Hythe.
“The afternoon we spent sailing was highly impactful on the children, many of whom discovered they had skills they did not anticipate and conquered their fears.
“It was also huge fun. To see the children set off in pairs in the dinghies after only about 20 minutes of instruction was incredible.
“We did have a few capsizes but they only served to show that getting wet is not the end of the world!
“We were so lucky with the weather too - I'm pretty sure it will be one of those experiences that most of them will remember as a highlight of their time in primary school. It would be good to think that seeds may have been sown for some of them to pursue hobbies and/or a working life on or around the water in years to come,” she said.
The ABP Southampton sailing academy is a legacy of the £100m investment by ABP to create a new 500m container-handling berth at Southampton. The facility was opened by Britain's greatest ever Olympic sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, earlier this week. The four times gold medal winner also launched the new sailing academy, with enthusiastic youngsters from SWAC.
Based at Floating Bridge Road in Southampton, SWAC specialises in getting young people active on the water.
ABP Southampton Director, Alastair Welch, said: “We are proud, through our continued support for the Sailing Academy to give local youngsters an opportunity to take to the water and learn new skills.
Jon Kirby, SWAC Programme Manager, said: "Being out on the water gives these youngsters a taste of the freedom sailing offers and a chance to learn teamwork, communication skills and self-reliance."