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£5,000 Donated to Charity Aimed at Promoting the Sport of Sailing

The company developing the Olympic Village at Portland have donated £5,000 to The Chesil Trust charity.  Kim Slowe, Managing Director at ZeroC, was at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) on 6th May 2011, to make the generous donation on their behalf. 

The Trust exists to enable young or disabled people to experience and enjoy the thrills of sailing.  In 2004 the Trust started a scheme called ‘Sail for a Fiver’ which enables schools in Dorset and neighbouring counties to bring classes of children aged 10-11 on half day training courses at the venue for just £5 per child.  To date, the scheme has made it possible for about 7,500 children to go sailing for the first time and has also assisted seven talented young sailors from Dorset, who between them have won a number of major competitions, including three Gold medals at the World Youth Sailing Championships. 

Much of the activity funded by the Chesil Trust takes place at the WPNSA and many of the young people, therefore, get their sailing experience at the host venue for the 2012 sailing events.  This legacy programme is a key element to the WPNSA’s philosophy as they aim to promote the sport of sailing to all levels of competence and ability, through courses, training and events, whilst supporting and working closely with the local community.  

David Dunn, Chairman of the Trustees of the Chesil Trust, commented, “We would like to thank ZeroC for their support and generosity.  Donations such as these allow for the continual development of community sailing both at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and the Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre, providing opportunities to build a sporting legacy.  Sailing is not a sport many would be able to do without the Chesil Trust.  It’s great that we can continue our commitment to helping less privileged Dorset children try water sports and see their interest grow from strength to strength.”

Kim Slowe, Managing Director at ZeroC, added, “ZeroC are very pleased to be associated with the Chesil Trust’s subsidised sailing programme for school children.  We believe that this activity, that is so professionally managed by the Trust, the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and SailLaser performs a key role in introducing children, who may not otherwise have access to water sports, to the discipline of sailing.  Over 1,000 children participated in the programme last year which is a testament to the success of this venture.”


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