The Andrew Simpson Foundation has announce that from 1 April, they will be opening a new, not-for-profit sailing and watersports centre based at Campione del Garda c/o Univela Sailing, the world-class sailing venue situated on the shores of Lake Garda in Italy.
The Centre will be the first ASF centre to open outside the UK and will act as a European hub aiming to attract sailing enthusiasts, beginners to experts, from far and wide.
The Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre – Lake Garda will offer a full residential package as well as RYA sailing, windsurfing and powerboating courses, foiling experiences and courses, high level sailing clinics, RYA Instructor training, regatta support and boat charter. The Centre will cater for individuals, groups and families looking for the ultimate in sailing and watersports training as well as schools looking for a top-class adventure trip.
Importantly, all the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres act to enable the Foundation to deliver its mission, in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, to increase sailing participation and improve the lives of young people through sailing. The Centres ultimately provide the Foundation with a sustainable method of delivering charitable benefits over the long-term that are not totally dependent on grants and donations from the public.
The new centre at Lake Garda, like all Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres, will deliver the Foundation’s Charitable Community Sailing Programmes aimed at improving the lives of disadvantaged young people within the surrounding areas. In 2018, the Foundation aims to get over 10,000 disadvantaged young people on the water through its centres so that they may experience the benefits of sailing.
Paul Goodison, Olympic Gold medallist and ASWCs Director commented: “It is amazing to see a sailing and watersports centre open on Lake Garda in Bart’s name. He would be hugely proud to see the work that is being done in his name, and the tens of thousands of young people benefitting from a sport which he truly loved.”
Arianna Mazzon, Univela Owner added: “ The team at Univela are very excited to welcome the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre to Campione del Garda. We have worked for many years to ensure we have the best facility possible for sailors and watersports enthusiasts. It is an honour to be linking with such a fantastic charity and we look forward to a long relationship where we will be focusing on offering the most incredible experiences for our customers on Lake Garda.”