Published: Wednesday, 10 June 2015 10:33
ASTO is promoting UK Sail Training at the Inspiring Leadership conference in Birmingham. We intend to show teachers and college leaders how their pupils can benefit from Sail Training adventures. We are promoting the schools programme of Jubilee Sailing Trust, Maybe Sailing, Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and all other ASTO members.
If you are at the conference, come and visit us on stand 25 and find out how your pupils can take part in challenging and empowering adventures!
On board a Sail Training vessel, you can learn about cooking, living together in a confined space, keeping things tidy, chartwork, teamwork, compassion, determination, communication and many other life skills. Explore this website for more information.
Published: Monday, 01 June 2015 11:01
The Sea Cadets new flagship has been officially named and commissioned by HRH The Princess Royal on Friday 29th May in London.
Over 40 years ago, HRH The Princess Royal named the former flagship TS Royalist. The Marine Society and Sea Cadets were delighted to welcome her back again to name their brand new ship.
One hundred cadets from all over the country travelled to take part in this exciting event, which included an inspection of the cadets by The Princess Royal, songs from Sefton Sea Cadets Glee Club and a performance from the Massed Band of the Sea Cadets Corps. POC Charlie, Navy Board Cadet for Southern Area, volunteered to read the Sea Cadets prayer in front of the 150 guests. He said: "I felt honoured to read the prayer. Being in Sea Cadets is an amazing experience and gives you a real sense of pride."
The new 32 metre brig, named TS Royalist to honour the previous flagship, was built at the Astilleros Gondan shipyard in Spain and fitted out using British suppliers.
The MSSC hope she will continue the TS Royalist legacy and give hundreds of young people offshore adventures for another 40 years.
(adapted from www.ms-sc.org)
Published: Thursday, 14 May 2015 15:08
Ocean Youth Trust Scotland (OYT Scotland), Scotland's leading Sail Training organisation, will transform more than 480 young people’s lives over two years thanks to a £375,000 award from the "CashBack for Communities" scheme - the Scottish Government's proceeds of crime fund.
The participants from disadvantaged backgrounds across Scotland will take part in 5-day long sea voyages in some of the world's best sailing waters. During the voyage, the novice sailors will gain nationally accredited qualifications, improve their communication and problem-solving skills.
The first of the 48 voyages which included 10 young people and 2 group leaders from Midlothian Community Learning & Development Team arrived back at James Watt Dock in Greenock on Friday 8th May.
Nick Fleming, Chief Executive of OYT Scotland said: "Our voyages offer young people a truly unique and life changing opportunity. Over the course of a very intense week, living together in close proximity, they not only learn to sail, they learn leadership skills and how to work effectively as a team.
"This first trip has been a huge success. Our sea-staff, comprising both professionals and volunteers, understand how to get the best from each individual. This results in young people often being able to achieve things they never imagined they were capable of and changing their outlook on what the future could hold”.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Investing in our young people is always money well spent and I am delighted that the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities programme is providing this valuable funding for worthy projects across Scotland.
Published: Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:23
First published in the Penarth Times Wednesday 4 March 2015 in News
by Chris Seal
YOUNG people from the Challenge Wales Youth Panel attended the launch of the Wales We Want report in Cardiff before taking part in a workshop attended by Michael Sheen.
Pictured left to right with Michael Sheen - Rhiannon, Sophie and Jessie-May. All three have sailed on Challenge Wales in either Small Ships or Tall Ships events in 2014.
Around 7,000 people in Wales had been involved in a pilot National Conversation, during 2014, which asked people what sort of Wales they wanted for the future. On Monday, March 2, the report of the findings was launched.
Following the launch of the report the Challenge Wales Youth Panel took part in a “Future Leaders” workshop with Michael Sheen, the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Peter Davies as well as other young people from around Wales. The session was to look at a “Future Leaders” programme to support young people to be leaders of change in their communities.
During the session the Youth Panel talked about how Challenge Wales uses sail training to develop lifeskills and much of what was being discussed in the context of The Wales We Want and Future Leaders workshop resonated with the youth work Challenge Wales delivers; aiming to develop young people of today to participate positively in society tomorrow.
Trustee Vicky Williams, who accompanied the Youth Panel, said “It was great to be part of this landmark event and a wonderful opportunity for young people to share ideas."
Challenge Wales, Wales’ Tall Ship, based in Penarth offers life-changing voyages and helps develop essential life skills to improve employment prospects and is looking for more young people aged 15 – 24 years to be part of its Youth Panel who will help ensure young people’s voices remain central to the organisation. For more information visit www.challengewales.org
Published: Monday, 09 February 2015 16:45
ASTO is appalled at the decision by the IPC to drop sailing from the 2020 Paralympic games.
James Stevens ASTO Chairman said:
'ASTO is totally committed to supporting and encouraging all young people including those with disabilities to experience the challenge and adventure of sailing. ASTO therefore strongly supports the RYA in its campaign to persuade ISAF to make strong representations to reinstate sailing to the Paralympic games. I am deeply unimpressed by the way ISAF has handled this, and hope that the RYA and representatives of other sailing nations can apply pressure to have the decision reversed.'