Further funding awarded to tackle inequality

18 OnBoard and Sailability sailing venues across the country will receive grants of up to £10,000 for projects that aim to tackle inequalities in sport.
07 Sep 21
Family in a dinghy about to sail

The £150,000 National Lottery Funding was awarded to the RYA for the second time as part of  the Sport England’s Tackling Inequalities Fund which benefits organisations running projects that engage with lower socio-economic groups, ethnically diverse communities, disabled people and people with long term health conditions. 

Successful projects include Thurnby Mead Primary Academy (part of the Mead Educational Trust) which aims to establish a ‘Leicester Boating Hub’ providing people from ethnically diverse communities with access to boating.

Cobnor Activities Centre Trust (CACT) have been successful for the second time and are planning to support local children from all backgrounds to access and complete the Duke of Edinburgh scheme through sailing. Their previous funding was used in conjunction with Stonepillow working with homeless people and those with alcohol dependency.

The clubs and centres to be awarded are:

  • Thurnby Mead Primary Academy- The Mead Educational Trust
  • Marine Society and Sea Cadets-Newham, Birmingham and Merseyside
  • The Woolverstone Project
  • Sea Sanctuary
  • Sailability@Whitefriars
  • The Surrey Care Trust
  • Bury Lake Young Mariners Limited
  • Norfolk Schools Sailing Association
  • Blind Sailing
  • Rudyard Lake Sailing Club
  • Rochdale Borough Wide Cultural Trust (Link4Life)
  • Mount Batten Centre Charity Trust
  • Cobnor Activities Centre Trust
  • Wirral Council- Sports Development
  • All-Aboard Watersports
  • The Outlook Trust for the visually impaired
  • St Mawes Sailing Club
  • Midland Sailing Club

“Through the TIF programme we’ve so far been able to grant over £280,000 to 38 individual projects across England. All initiatives have highlighted the breadth of engagement that RYA venues have within their communities and the ability for boating activity to be truly inclusive” said Rob Clark, RYA Director of Sport Development.

“They also give a fantastic opportunity for us to gain insight into the motivations to be active and barriers we need to work to overcome – in many cases this is as simple as explaining the transport links to get a group to a venue. We are hopeful that Sport England will announce an additional phase of TIF funding in the autumn and look forward to being able to work with even more projects to support positive outcomes.”

Find further information about Tackling Inequalities Funding

Find more information about the RYA Sailability and RYA OnBoard programmes.