Anchors away for new Army sailing facilities!

This spring the Army Inshore Sail Training Centre, situated on Thorney Island in the heart of Chichester harbour, will benefit from a £1m extension to their existing facilities. This new centre will provide en-suite accommodation for army and service personnel and will feature vitally required extra changing rooms and teaching areas; including disabled access.

The Army Inshore Sail Training Centre is the Army’s home for Dinghy sailing, Kitesurfing, Powerboating and Windsurfing and helps army personnel to achieve civilian qualifications from beginner to Advanced instructor level, which are recognised worldwide.

This turnkey project has been awarded to the MoD construction specialists Rollalong Ltd, based in Dorset. Work will begin on-site this March and is due to be completed by early June.

The Army Sports Control Board chose Rollalong Ltd for this contract due to their established and successful track record with the MoD and their more recent experience with the design and build of specialist sports’ facilities at HMS Temeraire and the Army Rugby Union at Aldershot.

Rollalong Ltd has also provided a number of buildings for the Defence Medical & Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court. In July 2012 the Jubilee Rehabilitation complex at DMRC Headley Court was completed by R Defence (the specialist MoD construction team from Rollalong Ltd) which provided ward accommodation and therapy facilities, including a large fully equipped gymnasium for the wounded. Patients from Headley Court will directly benefit from this new project at Thorney Island and the activities provided at the training centre will help them both with their physical and emotional rehabilitation.

Martin Sayers, MD of Rollalong also has close links with the sailing centre as he is a keen sailor and has been for a number of years, so much so that he was a member of the civilian sailing club on the site and taught both his children to sail there.

A spokesperson for the centre says that:

“This new teaching and accommodation centre will make a huge difference to both our abled and injured soldiers who come to sail at Thorney Island. Thorney Island is the Army inshore sailing centre of excellence and its role will become even more significant in the next few years as the Army withdraws from Germany. All of this building will be funded by non-public money that has been generously provided by the Service charities.”

For more information visit