UKSA (United Kingdom Sailing Academy) is a national maritime charity harnessing the power of the sea to transform the lives of thousands of young people each year. They are the largest RYA training centre in the world, providing schools and groups activity programmes, full time education courses and professional career training in yachting and watersports. They are a leading Maritime Coastguard professional training centre and run all of their activity from their all-inclusive residential facility based in Cowes, the home of sailing.
The Isle of Wight is a place very close to the Dick family, and so it was a quick and easy decision to work together with the UKSA to create a legacy in Polly’s memory.
Polly’s Challenge was born.
Polly’s Challenge is an on-water activity programme which was established in 2018 to offer Isle of Wight children, who would not usually have the opportunity, the chance to have fun, be adventurous and learn new skills in memory of Polly Birch. For a contribution of just £20 – which children are asked to raise through participation in sponsored activities - beneficiaries have the opportunity to take part in a five-day sailing or watersports programme during their school holidays; enabling them to try new activities, broaden their horizons and to develop valuable life skills.