The NSSA is fortunate to have a good working relationship with the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
In February 2015 Iain Percy, a Trustee of the Foundation, flew in from his Artemis America's Cup team base in San Francisco to attend the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show and presented a cheque from the Foundation for Twenty Three Thousand Pounds (£23,000) to James Conway, Treasurer of the National Schools Sailing Association.
The money was one of the first major grants made by the Foundation and will be used by the NSSA to fund school aged children, up to the age of 18, to participate in training programmes, regattas and instructor courses throughout the country. It will also fund training, race management and safety courses for volunteers of all ages across the country who currently work with the NSSA to develop youth sailing.
Iain Percy is one of the founders of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which was set up in memory of his long term sailing partner and fellow Olympian, Andrew Simpson who died in 2013.
The NSSA has been a springboard for a number of Olympic sailors, including Olympic gold medallist, Paul Goodison. We concentrate on an inclusive sailing and social experience for sailors of all abilities, and aim to engage young people as sailors for life.
Speaking at the show James said "This valued and gratefully received support will enable us to build on our current foundations of providing an inclusive sailing experience for young people, as well as training volunteers to make this possible. The generosity of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and its supporters will allow us to improve and enhance the sailing and training opportunities for both youth and adult members of the National School Sailing Association. This in turn will enable the NSSA and its affiliated clubs, schools and associations to ensure a high standard of event and training provision for all."
Iain Percy said "So many people have contributed to the Foundation in memory of Bart and we still continue to work hard raising funds for the Foundation. It's good to be able to distribute those funds in a way which will have both wide reach and sustainability. We are looking forward to funding many more projects which achieve the Foundation's aim of transforming lives through sailing."
Current Programmes include:-
Funding is available to assist young people who may not be able to attend the National Youth Regattas to do so. Applications are invited from Local Associations through their Team Managers who will have been sent details and an application form.
1. Laser Performance will be providing six Z420 dinghies to be used in the Mount Haes event this year, and as the boats will be on site throughout the week, Laser Performance have agreed that these boats may be used during the week for a limited number of sailors who would not otherwise have a boat to sail at the NYR. The bursary will include free use of a Z420 dinghy, entry fee, camping and meals on the event designated campsite. You should indicate if only one of the sailors in the DH boats is applying for a bursary.
2. If sailors have access to a dinghy to take part in the event (possibly a centre or club dinghy) but are not able to pay the additional fees required, for a limited number of sailors we can offer a bursary to include entry fee, camping and meals on the event designated campsite. Please indicate if only one of the sailors in the DH boats is applying for a bursary.
Application Forms will be available soon.