Isle of Wight sailing charity UKSA has been chosen as the official Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week charity. Picture by Robin Crossley.
SAILING charity UKSA has announced plans to offer sailing opportunities to every Year 6 child on the Isle of Wight.
It came as the organisation was confirmed as the official charity of Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week for the next two years.
Richard Thornton, CEO of the Cowes-based academy, said: "Being the chosen charity is a big step forward for UKSA, and falls nicely in line with our strategy to massively increase the number of young people on our youth development programmes from 200 a year to 2,000 — the boost from being Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week’s chosen charity will be a huge help towards this.
"We have a range of exciting activities planned for the regatta, designed to promote inclusivity for all. We want to show that sailing is more than just a hobby; it is a catalyst that transforms people’s lives.
"One of our key aims as official charity will be to raise enough funds to offer every Year 6 primary school child on the Island the opportunity to get on the water with UKSA, and we are delighted that this takes us a step closer to making this dream a reality."
Sales and Marketing Director at Cowes Week Limited Michelle Warner said: "Any funds raised during the regatta will support specific youth development initiatives to benefit children on the Island as well as further afield.
"UKSA has great resources in place on the Island and a local presence in Cowes; we’re delighted to be working with them."