SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
Supported by HSBC’s community investment programme, 49 young people from Erdington Academy, Sirius Academy, Acland Burghley School and Stoke Damerel Community College aged 14 to 15 have returned from an amazing opportunity aboard the Tall Ship Stavros S Niarchos.
The group departed Southampton docks on Saturday 10 September. The 200 ft. ship set sail along the south coast; visiting Bruges, before sailing up the Thames on Monday 19 September past iconic landmarks and under Tower Bridge where the students all climbed the rigging and sang songs that they had composed whilst out at sea.
Students took part in all aspects of sailing during the 10-night voyage. Tasks included; manning the rigging, setting the sails, cleaning the ship, night watches and working as a team throughout the week amongst their assigned watch teams.
Alison Coates, Senior Manager HSBC Global Education and UK Community Investment said:
“We are delighted to have supported the Tall Ships Youth Trust for 15 years, allowing more than 700 young people to take part in HSBC supported voyages. The Voyage of Achievement not only provides young people with a chance to improve their self-confidence, develop team working skills and meet new people: for some it is a truly life-changing experience. Our support of the Trust is part of our wider support of educational programmes, reaching over 50,000 young people annually in the UK – helping them to fulfil their potential by providing access to education, developing life-skills and entrepreneurship, and promoting international and cultural understanding.
“It is important that our employees are able to get involved with the programmes we support, and we are so pleased that the Trust’s voyages allow HSBC employees to support young people through mentoring and coaching, while improving their own leadership skills.”
Tim Law, Marketing and Operations Director of the Tall Ships Youth Trust said:
“The support of HSBC over the past 15 years has been extraordinary and is hugely appreciated by the Trust and indeed, the hundreds of young people that have been able to go on board the Voyage of Achievement for an experience of a lifetime.”
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For further information and images or to enquire about joining a voyage as a journalist please contact:
Sophie Weekes, Tall Ships Youth Trust PR and Events Officer
Tel: 023 9283 2055, Email: [email protected]
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