Corporate backing for youth initiative

Sailing training SailGP Inspire comprises learning, careers and racing programmes. Image: Rooster

Rooster has been confirmed as the official technical clothing provider to the SailGP Inspire programme aimed at broadening access to the sport, offering a career pathway and leaving a meaningful legacy in SailGP host cities.

SailGP launched the SailGP Inspire initiative as part of its commitment to sustainable development. Comprising three programmes – learning, careers and racing – the initiative has been developed to give young people (ages nine to 23) life-changing opportunities on and off the water.

SailGP Inspire is a fantastic extension of the SailGP brand, recognising their need to not just facilitate high octane sailing, but recognising that without young people, sailing would be in a much different place from where it is today," said Rooster director Luke Morrison. “Rooster aims to encourage, educate and facilitate the success of these programmes.”

Rooster is a founding partner of SailGP Inspire alongside robotic mark producer MarkSetBot and boat suppliers RS Sailing and WASZP.

Three strands

As part of the learning programme, students will receive a hands-on learning experience using experiential STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education, problem-solving and intro-to-sailing sessions on the water. They will be offered the opportunity to participate in a pre-show – ‘the Rippers’ – on each SailGP race day.

The careers programme is aimed at students aged 16 plus and introduces young men and women to professional careers in ten areas throughout SailGP.

A racing program is set to launch in 2020, geared toward young competitive sailors with an interest in hydrofoiling and racing.

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