Youth development charity to extend its UK sail training provision with new membership

Young people, schools and youth groups will benefit from the UK’s largest youth development sail training charity becoming a member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL).

Tall Ships Youth Trust (TSYT) based in Portsmouth, is now a member of IOL, which champions safe activities and effective learning in the outdoors. Its mission is to increase participation in outdoor learning in the UK and to recognise and improve the quality of outdoor provision.

Alastair Floyd, Chief Executive Officer at TSYT, said: “We’re delighted to be a new member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning. As a professional provider of outdoor learning, our membership gives us the opportunity to enhance our provision for young people and to increase our reach nationally with young people from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. “We’re looking forward to learning and sharing new ideas and best practice with other member organisations within the sector.”

A TSYT voyage provides the perfect opportunity for young people aged 12-25 to get outdoors, take notice of the world around them and learn lessons for life at sea.

As the UK’s oldest and largest youth development sail training charity, TSYT has been providing young people with life-changing experiences at sea for 65 years.

During this time, more than 120,000 young people have experienced a life-changing adventure with the youth organisation, sailing over two million nautical miles — equivalent to sailing round the world 92 times.

As a charity, TSYT recognises the importance of outdoor education and the benefits of taking learning beyond the classroom.

Onboard a TSYT voyage, young people develop a range of skills, which can be transferred to their day-to-day lives to help them overcome any barriers and thrive. Working together as a team they grow in confidence and self-esteem and see a significant improvement in their communication and leadership skills.

For more information on the organisation’s youth voyages visit: www.tallships.org and to learn more about the Institute for Outdoor Learning at https://www.outdoor-learning.org/.

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