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RYA Northern Ireland Gears Up for Affiliated Clubs Conference

23rd November 2022
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RYA Northern Ireland is giving sailing and boating clubs across the region an opportunity to come together and share knowledge on how best to grow activity, membership and supporting volunteering.

The Affiliated Clubs Conference, which will take place on Saturday 3 December at Holywood Yacht Club from 9am to 3.30pm, will be an opportunity to connect with other Northern Ireland clubs as well as RYA staff and volunteers.

RYANI’s active clubs coordinator Kate Pounder says: “The Affiliated Clubs Conference is a fantastic place for those within the sailing and boating community to come along to hear information and updates and share knowledge.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for anyone involved in a club or its activities including, flag officers, committee members, staff and volunteers.

“I am looking forward to meeting with clubs at the conference, it will be a great chance to make plans for the year ahead.”

Workshop sessions on the day will cover such topics as what you can do to make volunteers’ experience meaningful, and how to secure the funding you need for your club.

There will also be extra workshops running online (7.30pm-8.30pm) during the week commencing Monday 5 December. These include:

  • Monday 5 - What are the needs and motivations of your club members and how can you provide an experience that’s right for them?
  • Tuesday 6 - What can you do to make your volunteers experience meaningful?
  • Wednesday 7 - How can the RYA’s new Club Management Compliance Toolkit help you manage your club?
  • Thursday 8 - How to secure the funding you need for your club?
  • Friday 9 - How can you make your club welcoming to a wider range of members?
  • Monday 11 - How can you increase yacht racing participation at your club?

For more details on how to take part in this year’s RYANI Affiliated Clubs Conference, see the Eventbrite page HERE. 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]