UKSA has launched a new video which highlights the rich and varied experiences on offer for children and young people at its Cowes campus on the Isle of Wight. The video aims to inspire and attract donations to enable more children and young people from across the UK, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it, to benefit from their watersports activities programmes and educational initiatives. These enable them to build confidence, broaden their horizons and develop life skills. The charity will help a further 45,000 beneficiaries by 2025.
Polly’s Challenge is a UKSA funded programme for Island children aged 10 – 14 years during the school holidays. Five action packed days help build confidence and a sense of adventure, whilst enabling them to have fun, be adventurous and learn new skills through participation in outdoor activities. Since the launch of the programme in the summer of 2018, 140 Isle of Wight children have taken part in Polly’s Challenge and have had a summer of adventure learning at UKSA.
A cross between windsurfing and snowboarding, Wingsurfing is a new watersport that’s quickly taking flight and UKSA is offering one of the first accredited courses dedicated to it. Unlike windsurfing, the wing isn’t attached to the board, but it is still controlled by the rider’s hands whilst standing. Wingsurfing provides the perfect platform to progress to the more advanced wingfoiling which has seen an explosion globally in the past year and has been confirmed for inclusion at the Paris 2024 Olympics.