The ISAF Athlete Participation Programme (APP) was introduced in 2002 to assist athletes from developing sailing nations with the costs associated with attending an event. The World Youth Sailing Trust supports the APP by supplying world class coaching to the sailors at the ISAF Youth Worlds.
Since the programme began in 2002, the Athlete Participation Programme has enabled over 150 sailors to compete in the 2002 and 2006 editions of the ISAF World Sailing Games and every ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship since 2003. You can find out more on the sailors supported by the APP through the years by clicking on the links to the right.
Thanks to APP funding, nations including the Cook Islands, Cuba, El Salvador and Paraguay have been able to compete at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship for the first time.
The future for the programme is exciting as the applicant numbers increase and there is a greater diversity from the countries which apply.
How It Works
The Athlete Participation Programme allows athletes, via their MNA, to apply for support in a number of different ways:
Athletes who attend the event without a coach or team leader can apply for coaching support which is provided by the World Youth Sailing Trust.
Entry Fee Subsidy
Applicants can apply for help with the entry fee. They can either ask for help with the whole amount or part of the cost of the entry fee.
To assist in covering the expenses of the athlete's travel, you may apply for a Travel Subsidy to cover either part or the entire cost of their travel. ISAF will reimburse the cost of the expenses upon receipt of the necessary travel documents.
How To Apply For APP Funding
Applications for APP funding must be made through ISAF Member National Authorities (MNAs). Details of the application process will be sent direct to MNAs and you can contact the ISAF Secretariat here.