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Clubs Come Together Online for RYANI Affiliated Club Conference

9th February 2022
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Clubs from across Northern Ireland joined together online for RYANI’s Affiliated Clubs Conference recently.

The virtual conference, which took place on Saturday 22 January, gave delegates the chance to network, share stories and ask questions to a host of experienced speakers.

With the theme “Planning for a successful future”, sessions focused on volunteers, legal challenges, success stories from clubs and goals and priorities for the year ahead.

There was also a chance to speak to RYA staff who were there to deal with queries and provide advice.

The RYANI Youth Forum provided an inspiring video which highlighted the benefits of youth involvement in clubs.

New RYA chief executive Sara Sutcliffe attended to greet delegates and Mel Hide also spoke about her role as a director.

RYANI’s active clubs coordinator Lisa McCaffrey said: “One of the best parts of the Affiliated Clubs Conference is networking and we are delighted that this year’s event has been such a success, particularly the breakout rooms.

“The speakers were fantastic and delegates have plenty of food for thought to take back to their clubs.

“The conference is just the beginning of an exciting year ahead. Over the last few months clubs have had new committee members and RYANI remains committed to engaging with clubs to plan for an active season.

“On behalf of RYANI, I would like to thank all of our speakers, RYANI staff, the Youth Forum and our clubs for helping to ensure we had a successful conference. We are looking forward to working together throughout 2022.”

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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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