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Find out how you can access funding and education to support your sailing

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Sailing Through a Dual Career

 Document Name  Revision Date  Change
 Sailing Through a Dual Career Guide  August 2021  New (no change)
 Sailor University Options  August 2021  New (no change)


The term 'dual career' can refer to an array of different forms of education and work that an individual is involved in alongside their sailing career, for example:

  • Sailing with a Regional Training Group and doing GCSEs.
  • Sailing with a Youth Performance Squad and doing GCSEs, Further Education, or an apprenticeship.
  • Sailing at BUCS or club competitions and studying Higher Education.
  • Sailing with an Olympic Performance or Transition Squad and studying at Higher Education.
  • Sailing with a Transition Squad and working full or part-time.
  • Sailing with an Olympic Performance squad and taking a distance learning course.

We at British Youth Sailing (BYS) are committed to supporting sailors in a dual career and we have conducted some research to support both sailors and parents.

A 'go-to' guide has been produced, which has been designed to be used electronically.  It's a document you can pick up every now and then, not necessarily to read all in one go!

The guide can be found in the table above (click on the title of the document).  In addition to this, we have provided a guide of Universities and what they can offer to help you with your sailing (this research has been conducted directly with the Universities).  The University Options document can also be found in the table above.

Please note that the 'Sailing Through a Dial Career' Guide, and Sailor University Options will be reviewed and updated annually.  Any changes will be listed in the above table.

Fancy just an overall view of each area covered of the guide? - We've got this covered!  Please look in the table below at three infographics on each area (click on the link of the title):

 Infographic Name  Description 
 U18 Dual Career  How do I balance sailing with school or sixth form?
 The Post-18 Decision Dual Career  What route to take once Further Education has finished?
 Post-18 Dual Career  How do I balance sailing with education or work?


Local Funding

Whilst other sources of funding are sporadic and often geographically diverse there are a couple of routes which you may wish to try sourcing funding locally.

Approach your local education authority or your local council Sport Development Department, they may have schemes or can informally help and support talented performers.  Do not just ask for cash, often they can offer free bus passes, gym membership, etc. which can save on costs.  They are also the most likely source of information and local contacts for marrying up athletes in their area and grant opportunities.  We recommend you speak to your local Regional Performance Manager for more information.

Consider an approach to your Sailing Club - many club committees and members like the opportunity to support the aspirations of young sailors and will support their endeavours.  Write a letter to the club committee outlining your plans and ask what support if any can be offered, some offer honorary membership when sailors achieve a certain standard.

Approach your school; school governors or Parents Teacher Association (PTA).  Some schools may be able to offer a 'gifted and talented' scholarship scheme to support your endeavours of their pupils.


SportsAid is a charity helping young, unfunded athletes to overcome one of their greatest barriers to success - the financial challenge of trying to become Britain's next generation of Olympians and World Champions.  The charity helps over 1,000 athletes across more than 60 sports each year, the majority aged 12 to 18, by providing them with an average award of £1,000.

SportsAid is also responsible for the Government backed Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), helping talented sports people balance academic life and performance sport (please see below for further information on TASS).

Number of British Youth Sailing nominations and eligibility

British Youth Sailing (BYS) focuses SportsAid awards towards those sailors who are either not eligible for TASS or were unable to be nominated for TASS, due to the number of places.  Normally this is focused on Youth to Olympic Transition Squad sailors (known as Transition Squad) then to the Youth Performance Squad.  If not enough places for all Youth Performance Squad sailors, then this will go by Youth Squad ranking at the time of nominations.

Most SportsAid recipients will only receive a grant for one year.

We receive a limited number of places, which changes annually.

Sailors are typically aged 18 and meet the following principles:

  • Live and train in Great Britain, during the year of nomination sailors must not have represented any other nation at International events.
  • Normally be a in a current British Sailing Squad, Transition (Youth to Olympic) Squad, Youth Performance Squad.
  • Not be in receipt of a TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) award or Lottery funding (APAs).
  • Cannot be enrolled onto the DiSE programme.
  • Sailors must be committed to the RYA pathway programme.

Level of support

Grant values are approximately £1000 each, but some may be slightly less or occasionally enhanced by local partnerships or additional SportsAid support.  If a nominated sailor is not successful in receiving an award, this is no reflection on their performance.

Sailors and parents are also invited to workshops to develop professional skills needed to be successful in sport.

Length of award

Annual (paid the following year of the nomination).  Please note that by being nominated one year does not guarantee you will be nominated the following year.

Nomination process

Nominations are made by BYS in November / December annually based on the principles of the current year. All nominated sailors will be contacted by BYS in advance.  Nominated sailors will then need to complete an online profile using the SportsAid Portal. SportsAid will use the information you provide on the online portal to approach partners who provide the funding for the sailors' award.  SportsAid work with a variety of commercial organisations and charitable trusts across the UK who are interested in supporting young talented athletes and providing them with much-deserved recognition.

Successful sailors will be notified via email by SportsAid the following year of nomination if they are able to source an award.  Awards are made at several points throughout the year; all those nominated do not necessarily receive the financial award on the same date.  It is important to remember that not receiving a SportsAid award is not a reflection on your performance.

For further information on SportsAid, please visit their website (click on the link):

TASS - Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme

TASS is an athlete support programme to help balance demands of their sport and education.

Backed by Sport England, the TASS partnerships brings together student athletes, sports, and education institutions to support our country's most exciting young talents who are not already supported via the Olympic pathway.  It aims to identify and support potential Olympic medal winners of the future.

BYS moved to a sailing hub model that provides sailing specific sport science support out of the University of Southampton and University of Exeter.  The hub model has allowed us to have more places across both sites and further align our support and opportunities to sailors in education.

Sailors will benefit from the following services:

  • Lifestyle
  • Physiotherapy
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Nutrition
  • TASS Medical Scheme and Bupa Healthy Minds



To be eligible for the scheme, TASS apply the following criteria and sailors must be:

a. Conducting a dual career in high level sport and education


b. Be English and studying at an English Educational establishment (if born in a Home Country and studying in England, then the sailor does not meet the criteria.  If the sailor was born in England, but studying in a Home Country, then the sailor is also not able to meet the criteria)


c. Be aged 16 or above at the time of the nomination.

BYS will nominate based on the criteria set above by TASS, and criteria set by BYS; priority places are given to sailors in the British Sailing Squad (non-UK Sport funded sailors 'BSS') and to Transition Squad sailors.  Remaining places are allocated to Youth Performance Squad sailors living close to the hubs.

Nomination process

Please note that sailors do not nominate themselves; BYS consider the eligibility to assess who is suitable for TASS.  This includes their proximity to their nearest Sailing Hub (University of Southampton / University of Exeter).  Nominations are normally done during the summer as the programme starts at the new academic year.  Being nominated one year does not automatically guarantee you will be nominated the following academic year.

For more information on TASS please visit the TASS website (click on the link):


DiSE stands for the Diploma in Sporting Excellence. It is a government funded scheme designed to directly measure the sailors' ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate aspects of sailing. The DiSE programme is run in partnership between BYS and a partner college, Loughborough College. In addition to time spent on the water honing the technical and tactical elements of sailing, the DiSE programme will cover a range of modules, including theory and practical elements:

  • Mental Skills
  • Drugs in Sport & Nutrition
  • Lifestyle
  • Health & Safety
  • Careers
  • Finance
  • Communication
  • Injuries
  • Culture, Value & Behaviours 


Most of the portfolio work is completed during the camps.  Upon completion, sailors will be awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence, and 64 UCAS points (there is no financial award).

Eligibility (please ensure you read the 'Nomination process' below)

This is only available to sailors in England (home countries; Scotland and Wales at the discretion of Sport England) and sailors must be starting year 12 of the upcoming academic year (September); in Further Education or School.  The sailor cannot be on an apprenticeship or be employed.  The sailor can be in public / private education; however, we would require evidence if the sailor is in a scholarship or bursary as follows:

The student is in receipt of the schools means-bursary of at least 50% fee remission;


The student is in receipt of a talent / ability-based scholarship of at least 50%, but were this not to be the case, then they would have otherwise qualified for the schools means-tested bursary of at least 50% fee remission;


At least 50% of the student's fees are being paid by a third sector organisation but were this not to be the case then they would have otherwise qualified for the schools mean-tested bursary of at least 50% fee remission

Sailors will need to meet academic requirements to be considered, with 5 GCSEs of minimum grade 4, including Maths and English.  Sailors should have ambition to be part of and progress within the BYS Pathway.  Evidence of the circumstances surrounding any Maths and English resits would be required.  Sailors are required to be a member of the RYA.

Duration of the programme

The minimum duration of the programme is 18 months; this is a part time study programme that sits alongside the sailors chosen Further Education (school / college) subjects i.e. A Levels and BTECs.  There is no requirement to travel to the partner college, Loughborough College.

Nomination process

BYS must bid annually (March/April) for the number of places from Sport England and we will not know the number of places and how we will use this in the pathway until May/June. Details of the next academic year intake will follow this.



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