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Centrally located inland centre

Discover ASC Reading

A quick escape from the city

Watersports and sailing activities for all

Reading’s centrally-located lake is perfect for a quick escape to learn and pursue your favourite adventures. Close to major UK transport links and set in a safe and enclosed inland area, we have watersports & sailing activities to suit all with an active club racing scene.

Open all year round

Our all-season Centres run throughout the year to keep the water accessible to all.

A wide variety of activities

From sailing to windsurfing, foiling to kayaking, there’s something for everyone.

Central inland location

Safe and enclosed sailing lake close to major UK transport links.

Burghfield Sailing Club

Close partnership with renowned local sailing club with an active club racing scene.

Business facilities

Meeting rooms, free wifi and catering options available on request.

Join in with the fun

Explore our most popular activities

Whether you’re looking for beginner level courses, expert level coaching, taster sessions, birthday parties or holiday activities, we have something for everyone. Discover what ASC Reading has to offer.

Sailing

Learn to sail, progress with RYA courses and advance with race & instructor training.

Windsurfing

From a taster of your first launch to progressing to advanced techniques and stronger winds.

Paddlesports

Our kayaking and SUP activities and courses are the perfect introduction to the water.

Foiling

We have courses in SailFoil, WindFoil, WingFoil and eFoil for intermediate and advanced.

Taster Sessions

Try something new without commitment with our watersports & sailing tasters.

Winging

From flying the wing ashore and getting afloat to progressing into WingFoiling.

Our upcoming events

What’s on at ASC Reading

Explore our upcoming events and open days and discover ways to get involved with your local sailing and watersports community.

Practical information

Location & facilities

Our ASC Reading centre is close to major UK transport links and set in a safe and enclosed inland area. Watersports & sailing activities are on offer to suit all abilities with an active club racing scene.

Centre location

ASC Reading, Hangar Road, Theale,
Reading, RG7 4AP

Wednesday – Sunday 9:30am – 4:30pm

0118 930 3467

Centre facilities

Based just a few minute’s drive from Junction 12 of the M4, our Reading centre is easily accessible by car. Theale train station is a 15 minute walk for those arriving by public transport.

Meeting room

Free parking

Catering available on request

Changing rooms at
Burghfield Sailing Club

Toilets

Accessible facilities

Showers

Join the ASC Reading community

Community clubs and charitable programmes

Discover our range of community sailing clubs and programmes, subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Access the water regularly and discover your potential at ASC Reading

Sailing Club

A weekly sailing club for all levels, aimed at helping young people develop their skills and progress with their sailing.

WhenSaturdays and Wednesday evenings
WhoAges 8-18 for beginners to intermediate
Price£15 per session*
HowBook online or in person

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Full price for the 3 hour club is £38.

Improver Sailing Club

A weekly sailing club for young people who are RYA Stage 3, or equivalent and want to progress with their sailing.

WhenSaturday from 13:30-16:30
WhoAges 8-18 at RYA Stage 3 & above
Price£15 per session*
HowBook online or in person

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Full price for the 3 hour club is £38.

Race Club

A weekly sailing club aimed at children and young adults at RYA Stage 3 or equivalent sailors, enabling them to learn and develop racing techniques.

WhenSunday 09:30-12:30
WhoAges 8-18 at RYA Stage 3 or equivalent
Price£15 per session*
HowBook online or in person

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Full price for the 3 hour club is £38.

BYS Windsurfing Club

Complete beginners and novices are welcome to join our British Youth Sailing Windsurfing Club! The aim of the club is to have fun and practice.

WhenSaturday 09:30-12:30
WhoAge 8+ at RYA Stage 1
Price£15 per session*
HowBook online or in person

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Full price for the 3 hour club is £38

BYS Windsurfing Club – Improver

For windsurfers RYA stage 2 and above. A chance to work on intermediate, advanced, and racing skills as well as take part in BYS Windsurfing inter-club events.

WhenSaturday 13:30-16:30
WhoAge 8+ at RYA Stage 2 & above
Price£15 per session*
HowBook online or in person

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Full price for the 3 hour club is £38

Discover Sailing

Discover Sailing is made available to all young people, regardless of their background or ability. Our Discover Sailing sessions enable young people to access an exciting new sport and become more active individuals.

WhoAges 8+ for beginners to intermediate
Pricefrom £5 per session*
HowGet in touch to book or enquire

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation.

Aiming High

Aiming High is a sailing and watersports programme which supports young people living with a learning and/or physical disability. The programme also focuses on young people’s mental health, using sailing and watersports to boost young people’s sense of self-worth and help them manage their emotions.

WhoAges 7+
Priceeither free or from £5 per session*
HowGet in touch to book or enquire

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation.

Young Leaders

Young Leaders provides young adults with the opportunity to attend a leadership-training programme where they learn key skills and are prepared for the Dinghy Instructor qualification.

WhoAges 14+
Pricefrom £50 per weekend*
HowGet in touch to book or enquire

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation.

SailFit

SailFit focuses on tackling inactivity in young
people, teaching them skills, participating in physical activity via learning to sail and inspiring them to eat a healthily and balanced diet in a safe and inclusive environment.

WhoAges 8+
Priceeither free or from £5 per session*
HowGet in touch to book or enquire

This course is subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation.

We’ve got something for everyone

School and youth group activity days

Our team will be happy to put together a bespoke package to meet the needs of your group. The centre can cater for group sizes of up to 120 people, taking part in a range of activities including sailing, windsurfing and paddlesports. The centre team has a wealth of experience in ensuring that activities cater to children with all levels of experience and will adapt activities to meet any additional needs.

Enquire about a group booking at ASC Reading

How we’re transforming lives

Our success stories

We work closely with groups and individuals to help them grow and succeed through learning new skills, building confidence and developing essential teamwork and leadership skills. Explore some of our success stories below.

Promoting Health and Wellbeing throughout 2022

We believe that participating in sailing and watersports promotes positive health and well-being. Therefore, we have developed two charitable programmes which focus upon young people’s physical and mental health.

The Holiday Activity Fund providing Opportunities on the water for all

In 2022, Andrew Simpson Centres received HAF funding from their local councils, with the support of footballer, Marcus Rashford. The aim of HAF is to provide support to children in receipt of free school meals throughout the holiday periods.

Over 1300 young people took part in our Community Clubs in 2022

All Community Clubs are subsidised by the Andrew Simpson Foundation. 88% of the young people who took part in one of our Community Clubs said they felt part of the sailing and watersports community and 50% achieved accredited qualifications.

Our dedicated centre team

The people that make us who we are

We pride ourselves on having the best team in the industry, from top-quality instructors to exceptional customer-service givers and experienced managers. Our seasonal instructor team can grow to over 100 over the summer. Our senior team members below are your best point of contact year-round.

Kat Banks

Centre Manager

Charlie Whelan

Chief Instructor

Emma Bannister

Sales & Comms Coordinator

Kristof Jenkins

Senior Instructor

Louise Lovesey

Instructor

Speak to the team at ASC Portsmouth

Make a general enquiry

Whether you’d like to ask about a bespoke activity, a course recommendation or anything else, our friendly centre team will be able to help. Call during normal opening hours (Monday to Sunday 9am – 5pm) or send a message with the form below:

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    Contact details

    ASC Reading
    Hanger Road, Theale, Reading, RG7 4AP

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    Recognised as experts

    Our centres have RYA accredited instructors and coaches, meaning you are getting the highest level of expert tuition for you and your family.

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    Not sure where to go?

    If you’d rather speak to a person, get in touch with our Centres directly on +44 (0)300 124 0449 9am – 5 pm, Monday to Saturday to have a chat.