Sir Ben Ainslie joins us as a volunteer surf mentor

Revered British sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie, has today taken time out of his busy schedule to spend time with local children working with The Wave Project Charity in Sandown, on the Isle of Wight.

The Wave Project is a charity that helps young people improve their emotional health and resilience through an evidence-based programme of surfing and mentoring.

Joe Taylor, Wave Project CEO said:  “It’s wonderful to see Sir Ben taking the time to engage with the young people we work with.  At The Wave Project we wholeheartedly believe in the healing powers of the ocean and it’s tremendous to see somebone like Sir Ben Ainslie share his knowledge and passion for the sea with them.”

Abbie James, Wave Project regional co-ordinator for the Isle of Wight said:  “The young people we work with come to The Wave Project with a diverse range of physical and emotional needs.  By getting them into the water and enjoying the waves together we help their confidence and happiness to grow”

Run mainly by volunteers, the Wave Project’s award-winning intervention is now delivered in 11 locations around the UK.   The Wave Project on the Isle of Wight is now entering into its fourth year, having worked with over 250 children and volunteers in the local area since 2014.

The special visit was arranged in partnership with the Laureus Foundation who were also in attendance to capture the days activities.

Professionals seeking to refer young people to The Wave Project Surf Therapy programme should visit:  https://www.waveproject.co.uk/refer/

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Wave Project IOW should email abbie@waveproject.co.uk.

Photo credit:  Paul Blackley