Established in 2014, the 1851 Trust is supported by Land Rover BAR, the British challenger for the America’s Cup, and by its Patrons HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Sir Ben Ainslie. The Trust aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry, providing young people with the education, skills and training to become innovators of the future, and stewards of the marine environment.
The hub of the Trust’s work is STEMcrew, a stand-alone digital platform supporting a suite of inspirational learning resources which will deliver free, world-class STEM learning in schools right across the UK and engage teachers and young people with the thrill and excitement of sailing – and Ben Ainslie’s quest to win the America’s Cup.
“The experience created many new challenges. Every day saw increased confidence as we began to shoulder the responsibility of manning the boat. It was heart warming to watch young people begin to develop a sense of worth as they confronted and mastered allocated tasks. The smiles conveyed their deep sense of achievement”
In addition, the Trust is supporting local and national sailing programmes, aiming to give 200,000 young people the opportunity to experience sailing by the end of 2017.
For further information visit www.1851trust.org.uk