As part of its partnership, created four years ago, Crewsaver continues to supply essential safety equipment and clothing to the Andrew Simpson Foundation – including three new Andrew Simpson Watersports Centres. Crewsaver is the ASF’s official safety sponsor and supports their mission of increasing sailing participation and improving the lives of young people through sailing.
The ASF has undertaken extensive research into the benefits of regular sailing participation and over the course of the partnership has achieved the remarkable. Including; Bart’s Bash – the largest mass participation sailing event and Bike4Bart events, delivery of seven Community Sailing Programmes and training of volunteer coaches.
The ASF now runs four watersports centres located at Portland (UK National Sailing Academy), Portsmouth, Reading and Lake Garda. These centres are fully kitted with Crewsaver safety equipment and clothing – allowing the centres to operate to the highest safety standards. The Portland centre alone has provided opportunities for over 4,000 children to experience sailing through their charitable programmes. Alongside this, with the support from Crewsaver, the ASF has been able to supply over 15 sailing clubs and training centres worldwide with Club Safety Packs. These include Crewsaver wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets to enable them to increase their capacity of allowing people to sail.
“Crewsaver’s sponsorship and support is invaluable to the Foundation’s work of increasing participation and improving the lives of disadvantaged young people. We are excited to be able to provide the opportunity for many more people to experience the incredible health and wellbeing benefits of sailing in a safe and enjoyable environment.” – Richard Percy, Andrew Simpson Foundation CEO.
“It has been our privilege to work with the Andrew Simpson Foundation over the years. The three new watersports centres will open the world of sailing to so many who would not normally have the opportunity. We are a proud supporter of their mission and are delighted to provide the essential safety kit needed to help them achieve it.” – Matt Bridge, Crewsaver Commercial Director