Former Portsmouth football star awards Portsmouth Sail Training Trust and Trafalgar Academy students with their first RYA qualifications
Thirteen year 8’s, 9’s and year 10 students from Trafalgar Academy got the surprise of their life when former Portsmouth FC star Alan Knight MBE came into their assembly. Knight, who holds the record for the most appearances at a single club, was at Trafalgar’s Year 10 Celebration Assembly to award the pupils qualifications that they have achieved with the Portsmouth Sail Training Trust (PSTT).
PSTT provides extra curricular training, using the practical life skills required to learn about sailing and boat building to build confidence and leadership skills for young people. The youngsters, all aged between 13 to 15 years, joined the PSTT schools scheme in September 2015 and have been working weekly towards their RYA Seamanship Level 1, their first practical sailing qualification.
PSTT’s Principal John Gillard commented, “The Trafalgar students have really taken to our programme and demonstrated a great attitude to all their projects with us. The RYA Seamanship Skills is their first and important step towards a variety of professional qualifications, which our young people will achieve with PSTT. They are currently working on the St Ayles Rowing Skiffs as part of our boatbuilding training, in association with Portsmouth’s IBTC and Oarsome Chance. Also, their RYA Diesel Maintenance, which is very popular! Then they will go on to First Aid, Food Hygiene and other qualifications that will help their employability.”
On giving the certificates Alan Knight said “Well done to all the students for preserving and achieving their first qualification with PSTT. And well done to PSTT for bringing this great initiative to our inner city schools.”
Sonny Adams, one of the Trafalgar students to receive his certificate remarked afterwards, “It was inspiring to meet Alan Knight. I believe working with PSTT helps
my education.” Fellow pupil Tino Brown commented, “This gives me more options for my future.”