Volvo Ocean Race School project International

The school project will have an international component for Dutch children at schools in the finish spots of the Volvo Ocean Race: Capetown, Hongkong, Newport and the finish in The Hague. The online learning space will be available in both Dutch and English on themes such as the Plastic Soup and Clean Oceans. The international line is the version of the sustainable education programme of the Volvo Ocean Race. Interaction with the Dutch Sailors, exercises and experiments in class will, like in the Dutch programme, be the central unit of the international school project. 

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Goals and results

Creating awareness while pointing fingers is most generally not a good idea. Offering a fun experience that makes people curious and makes them wonder does stimulate attention and engagement. Sports and adventure are domains that attract a lot of people, especially children and young adults. Therefore, an adventurous water sport event offers the unique opportunity to promote water awareness. That’s why we want to bring this topic to the attention of the national public with an education programme that is related to the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018, and especially the finish in The Hague.

The Volvo Ocean Race school project consists of

  • water awareness lessons

  • an interactive programme with Dutch sailors on the themes of clean oceans and the plastic soup

  • build your boat in five big cities in the Netherlands with the finale in The Hague

  • Dinghy on Tour through the Netherlands with a finale in The Hague

  • an excursion to a company in the water sector

  • water research in the Living Water Lab

The Volvo Ocean Race school project:

  • allows children to have a participatory learning experience, discover themselves with a maximized connection to the fun practice of water sports

  • engages the children regarding the finish in The Hague

  • makes children aware they can contribute to clean oceans and the plastic soup in general

  • makes children aware of the fact that clean, sufficient and safe water is not self-evident.

  • demands attention for climate change and makes clear that a change of behaviour and special adaptation is necessary

  • enlarges student’s knowledge on water management and water technology

After the project:

  • students can explain why clean, safe and sufficient water is not self-evident;

  • students can explain the effects of climate change and why these have a negative impact on water in the world;

  • students have an idea of ‘water challenges’ of the (near) future;

  • students are intrinsically motivated to be aware of how they handle water;

  • students are aware what the plastic soup is and how they can help;

  • students have an idea of how water management takes place in the Netherlands and what organisations are involved;

  • students have a broader image of the degrees and jobs in the water sector;

  • students have gotten to know different types of water sports and recreation on water;

  • students have been involved in the organisation of the finish in The Hague because of for example the global water college, build your boat and the dinghy on tour.

Target audience

The Volvo Ocean Race school project is aimed at students of the upper years of primary school 6,7 and 8 and students in the lower years of secondary education. Our goal is to have at least 500 schools participating outside of the 100 schools in the region of The Hague. Assuming that at least 30 students of each school participate, we expect the project to reach 18.000 students in the ages of 9 to 14 years old. Students of (Dutch) schools at the stops in Kaapstad, Hongkong/Guangzhou and Newport shall be invited to participate as well.


Volvo Ocean Race School project "Proef de zee"

The Volvo Ocean Race school project is executed in the name of the Watersport Association and is commissioned by TIG Sports in cooperation with the municipality of The Hague. The choice was made to cooperate with the young ambassadors programme, an initiative that was started in January 2016 by the foundation ZSL in partnership with ‘Ons Water’ and in cooperation with HZ University of Applied Sciences (HZ) and the ministry of Infrastructure and Environment. During this programme, the foundation ZSL trains young Dutch water athletes with an ambition for professional sports and a large international network. They train them to become water ambassadors. These young athletes are paired up with students who receive a scholarship from ‘Topsector water’. The scholarship is meant for students who have the ambition to inspire children and young adults for an education in the water sector and in water sports.