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Final Countdown to RYA Northern Ireland Club Conference 2022

14th January 2022
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‘Planning for a successful future’ is the theme of RYA Northern Ireland’s Affiliate Clubs Conference for 2022, taking place online next Saturday 22 January.

Whether your club has been able to capitalise on the staycation trend or is struggling to resume activities, the conference is the event to help you move forwards.

As well as getting the opportunity to reconnect with other clubs across Northern Ireland, get support from RYANI staff and volunteers, and hear the headlines from the region and the latest local opportunities for your club, there will be a practical session to support you with your club development planning.

There is also a programme of club development sessions led by experts that will explore the following areas:

  • How can we recruit and retain more volunteers?
  • What advice is there for the governance and legal challenges our club is facing?

The conference is ideal for anyone involved in managing a club or its activities, be they flag officers, committee members, staff or volunteers.

The RYANI conference will be delivered from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 22 January with additional networking opportunities available from 9am to 9.30am and from 1pm to 1.30pm.


09:15–09:30 Networking

09:30–09:45 Welcome, aims and introductions

09:45–10:15 RYANI Update; Youth Forum video

10:15-11:15 Club Development Session with Michelle Gent, RYA Programmes Manager: How can you plan to recruit and retain more volunteers and how can the RYA support your club with this?

11:15–11:30 Break

11:30-11:45 Networking

11:45–11:50 Mel Hide, RYA Director of External Affairs: A brief overview of the department and its activity

11:50–12:50 Club Development Session with Mandy Peters, RYA Legal Manager: What are the governance and legal challenges that your club is facing and how can the RYA support you with these?

12:50–13:15 Additional information, summary, feedback and closing

13:15-13:30 RYA staff available for meetings/further networking

Further development sessions will be online and include:

  • How can we recruit and retain more volunteers? (Monday 17 January)
  • How can we develop or replace our facility? (Monday 24 January)

Book your place at the RYANI Affiliated Clubs Conference on the Eventbrite page HERE. All other club forums and bookings are available through the RYANI Club Development Forums Page.

For further information and questions, please contact the RYANI’s Active Clubs Coordinator, Lisa McCaffrey at +44 07788238083 or [email protected] Team

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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
  • 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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