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Olympian Alison Young to Coach Northern Ireland Sailors at ‘Female-Focused Camp’

28th February 2024
Alison Young, seen here competing in Tokyo 2020
Alison Young, seen here competing in Tokyo 2020, will be on hand in Ballyholme to provide elite-level coaching at RYANI’s female-focused camp in late April

Three-time Olympian and 2016 ILCA World Champion Alison Young will provide coaching for Northern Ireland sailors at RYA Northern Ireland’s ‘Female Focused Camp’ at Ballyholme Yacht Club on the weekend of 27-28 April.

The camp is specifically targeted for junior and youth performance pathway women and girls, who will benefit from elite-level coaching from Young as well as CPD training from Robyn Phillips of RYA Scotland, who boasts extensive coaching experience of her own.

RYANI says the camp — which will comprise the Topper, Feva, ILCA and 29er classes — is central to its five-year strategy, Navigating The Future, as well as its pilot Project Theia which includes a Women on Water development programme.

Spaces for the weekend are very limited and bookings are being taken on a first come, first served basis. For more on the coaching camp and how to take part, see the RYA website 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]