Topsail 2014-15 £1,200 bursary awarded to Trinity Sailing Foundation.
There was a great variety of applications from sailing schools, charities, volunteers, trusts and societies, with a wide range of different uses for the bursary being proposed; from the provision of much needed training, participation in Cowes week for disadvantaged youths, to improving the lives of people in deprived areas through sail training.
Having reviewed the scores given it was concluded that Trinity Sailing Foundation would be this year’s recipients.
Trinity Sailing supplied extensive information about the type of work they do supporting the personal development of disadvantaged young people, focusing on young people who are negotiating the transition to adult life and are at risk of failing to make successful changes. We understand the valuable life, leadership and personal skills earned through sail training and Trinity’s proposal of a week long sail training voyage for 12 people was of great interest. Being able to help to enhance the lives of 12 people with the bursary really appealed to us.
We are looking to offer the bursary annually and would very much welcome applications for the 2015-16 bursary from February next year.
We would very much like to thank ASTO (The Association of Sail Training Organisation) who were kind enough to allow Topsail to announce the bursary scheme at their conference back in January, and of course thank you to everyone who applied; all of whom offer life changing opportunities through sail training.