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RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference Goes Virtual For 2020

28th August 2020
Double Olympic gold medallist and broadcaster Shirley Robertson will host the online conference on Saturday 21 November Double Olympic gold medallist and broadcaster Shirley Robertson will host the online conference on Saturday 21 November

The Royal Yachting Association Affiliated Clubs Conference will be held online this year on Saturday 21 November, with an innovative format making it more accessible than ever for clubs wanting to catch up with all the latest insights and learning.

Hosted by double Olympic gold medallist and broadcaster Shirley Robertson, an exciting programme of guest speakers alongside interactive ‘stands’ and workshops will provide clubs with a wealth of ideas for developing their activities towards a vibrant future.

The theme will be ‘A different world with new opportunities’, recognising the challenges clubs have experienced in 2020 and exploring the new opportunities now available for the sport.

Delegates will be able to take part from the comfort of their own home for 2020, replacing the regional conferences for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

‘Having a virtual event will enable people who might not ordinarily have travelled to attend a conference to get involved’

Gareth Brookes, RYA regional development officer, said: “We’re really excited about the conference which we hope will be a fantastic one-stop shop for clubs wanting to stay at the top of their game.

“Having a virtual event will enable people who might not ordinarily have travelled to attend a conference to get involved — and whereas we might typically only see one or two people from a club, there is the scope this year for many more to take part.

“The impact of coronavirus means that the world is a different place, yet with some creative thinking and a positive will to adapt, there are significant new opportunities to put sailing at the heart of the national wellbeing agenda and enable clubs to survive and thrive.”

To support those involved in club management, this year’s conference will explore how clubs can make the most of this changing landscape, with special guest speakers and experts breaking down what's important to clubs, plus interactive sessions sharing the latest insights.

Club staff, committee members and volunteers will be invited to tap into RYA expertise and topics ranging from environmental sustainability to growing membership. There will be technical support available for those who may be unsure how to access the conference’s online content to ensure everyone who wants to participate can do so.

The headline conference held on 21 November will run from 10am to 1.30pm while associated workshops will be accessible via online club development webinars streamed the week commencing Monday 23 November, with recorded versions available for those unable to make the specific times.

Clubs will be able to network and throughout the conference weekend there will be an online expo area with RYA ‘stands’ offering bookable one-to-one appointments, text chat, downloadable resources and on-demand video. This area will also host regional updates.

Booking for the 2020 RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference is expected to go live in the next few weeks. In the meantime, save the date and follow the Royal Yachting Association on Facebook and @RYA on Twitter for all the latest conference news.

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About the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Northern Ireland 

  • The RYA is the national body for dinghy, yacht and motor cruising, all forms of sail racing, RIBs and sports boats, windsurfing and personal watercraft and a leading representative for inland waterways cruising.
  • The RYA is recognised by Government, the media and opinion formers as the representative body and voice for the activities that it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 112,000 personal members.
  • The RYA has more than 1,500 affiliated clubs and classes, which represent some 350,000 boaters throughout the UK. It is estimated that 4 million people in the UK take part in boating activity annually.
  • The RYA also sets and maintains recognised standards for training for both leisure and commercial boating through a network of more than 2,400 RYA Recognised Training Centres across 58 countries. More than 250,000 people per year complete RYA training courses.
  • The RYA is responsible for one of the UK’s most successful Olympic medal-winning sports. Our coaching and development schemes actively support 800 of our country’s top sailors, from talented juniors to Olympic and World champions.
  • The RYA is committed to promoting all forms of boating and making them accessible to everyone. For more information please visit www.rya.org.uk.
  • The Royal Yachting Association Northern Ireland (RYA NI) acts for the RYA in Northern Ireland (NI) and the Chairman of RYA NI is invited to join the Irish Sailing Association (ISA) Policy Review Committee.
  • You can find the RYA Northern Ireland at Sketrick House, GE8, Jubilee Road, Newtownards, BT23 4YH.
  • RYA NI is a company limited by guarantee – Registration number NI 51945
  • Contact RYA NI: Tel: 02891 827154 email: [email protected]

 

 

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