Andrew Simpson Foundation
The Andrew Simpson Foundation (ASF) is a registered charity that was set up in 2013 by Sir Ben Ainslie, Iain Percy OBE and Leah Simpson. A charity inspired by the memory of Olympic Gold and Silver medallist Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson MBE, a man who was passionate about encouraging and helping others fulfil their aims. The overarching objective of the ASF is to increase sailing participation and improve the lives of young people through sailing.
The ASF uses the challenges of sailing to develop young people by promoting health & wellbeing and building the personal skills that will improve their ability to succeed in life and work. To achieve its objectives the ASF is engaged in the following charitable activities: i) the delivery of the annual Bart’s Bash (the world’s largest mass-participation sailing event), ii) research into the benefits of regular sailing participation, iii) delivery of Community Sailing Programmes and iv) the training of Volunteer Coaches / Instructors. It also provides practical assistance and small grants to other, likeminded, not-for-profit sailing organisations.
To deliver its Community Sailing Programmes and provide a sustainable source of income, the ASF currently runs four Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres (ASWC). The centres are located at Portland, Portsmouth, Reading and Lake Garda, Italy. The watersports centres are all part of a wholly owned, not-for-profit, subsidiary of ASF. More information on the sailing and watersports centres can be found at www.aswc.co.uk
The Andrew Simpson Foundation are delighted to partner up with RS Sailing for the RS Games in 2018. Throughout the event the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre Portland, based on site at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, will extend a 15% discount on all adult and youth sailing and multi-activity courses during the games using code 25YEARSOFRS. This includes:
>Sea Monkeys Multi-activity weeks (Ages 5+) – A fun watersports course for 5 to 7-year olds. Aimed at having fun, making friends and learning about watersports, this course includes a variety of land and water-based games and activities,
> Extreme Adventure Multi-activity week (Ages 7+) – A fun-filled week of games and challenges, tasters in a range of activities, including sailing, kayaking and giant stand up paddleboarding. This course is focused on making friends, having fun and learning to love the water.
> RYA Beginner, Improver, Intermediate and High-Performance Sailing Courses (Ages 8 +) For students looking to progress through the Royal Yachting Association’s Sailing Scheme. Perfect for those looking take up a new hobby, pursue a career in the marine industry or learn the skills for racing.
Alongside this, there will be a range of RS dinghies available for demo sailing. During the RS Aero Worlds we will also be offering foiling tasters in the Glide Free adapted RS Aero. To find out more, contact ASWC Portland.