Investec Private Bank provides sailing bursary in conjunction with Le Tournoi sports charity

November 5th, 2011 by Investec Bank Channel Islands Limited

Jersey youngsters with a passion for sailing could be awarded a bursary thanks to Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited.

The bursary is open to Jersey youngsters this year, but may be open to those in the Bailiwick of Guernsey in the future.

In conjunction with Le Tournoi, a local charity, which aims to help disadvantaged youngsters through annual corporate-sponsored sporting events, the bank is offering £500 to this year’s recipient.

Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited has committed to funding the bursary for three consecutive years.

‘The bursary is open to any member of the Jersey community with a passion for sailing, but the aim is to help applicants who are disadvantaged in some way, be it financially or due to a disability,’ said Le Tournoi chairman Andy Le Seelleur.

‘While there are a number of opportunities for sailing in our community, these do not abound for disabled youngsters in particular, and are generally confined to only a few options. We want to offer a wider range of opportunities through our network and make it a special occasion for the deserving winner. We are extremely grateful to Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited as the bursary could not be offered without its financial support.’

Le Tournoi patron Geoff Holt MBE and 2010 Yachtsman of the Year said he has witnessed first hand the sense of freedom and enjoyment that sailing can provide.

‘Before I became disabled, sailing provided me with my livelihood. Once disabled, it became my saviour. Sailing provides the most level of all playing fields where individuals, regardless of ability, can sail together, as friends or as competitors. That is incredibly empowering for a disabled person and for that reason, I am incredibly proud to be a patron of Le Tournoi,’ said Mr Holt.

Anyone who is interested in applying for the bursary can download an application form. All applications will be reviewed and the bursary given on the basis of an individual’s financial constraints, social disabilities or disadvantages and his or her ambition to further their sailing experience.

‘Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited has sponsored Le Tournoi for two-and-a-half years now and over that time has witnessed the fantastic work done by the charity to enable youngsters from all walks of life to get involved with sporting activities. The three-year commitment to funding the bursary is an extension of our support and contribution to the community in which our business operates,’ said Kevin Allen, head of Investec Bank in Jersey.

The bursary winner will also receive new kit from Gill UK. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 30 November 2011.


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