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    The RYA employs over 170 staff in a wide range of roles, from boating specialists to professional staff to co-ordinators and administrators. Most work from our headquarters in Hamble, near Southampton, but some are based in other parts of the UK. We offer modern, accessible office facilities with free parking, up to date IT systems and a competitive range of benefits.

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    Keelboat Development & Universities Co-ordinator (maternity cover)

    The Keelboat Racing team strives to increase participation in yacht and keelboat racing around the UK. 

    Working alongside stakeholders around the country from clubs and classes to organisations such as British Universities Sailing Association (BUSA) and British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) we promote racing opportunities for younger sailors and deliver racing in areas such as Match Racing and Team Racing. We are seeking a Co-ordinator to provide maternity cover and help achieve our goals.

    Reporting to the Keelboat Development Manager (KDM), the Co-ordinator will primarily work on projects alone although support is available for key times. They will be responsible for delivering the National Match Racing Series of 11 events including communication with competitors, booking all resources and facilities and ensuring completion on budget. They are also responsible for coordinating the host clubs that deliver the British Keelboat League series of umpired fleet racing.

    The Co-ordinator will also be responsible for the administration of the British Keelboat Academy, alongside the lead coach, which aims to deliver a winter training programme and then help young sailors transition in to Yacht and Keelboat Racing.

    The post also serves as the secretary to BUSA and as such will be very much involved in the organisation of the four major championships, assisting the committee with the delivery of its aims and maintaining records as well as updating the website as needed.

    The work is varied and enjoyable but it will require some out-of-office hours’ work, for which time off is given in lieu. It may also necessitate periods of working away around the UK.

    A full summary of accountabilities is included in the job description.

    Salary £25,000 - £28,650 (dependent on experience) Permanent (Full time)

    Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance, 23 days annual leave plus public holidays.

    To apply please review the job description, and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.

    Please note that CV’s will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

    Should you have any queries please contact or call Becky on 01256 384720.

    Closing date for applications: 12 noon 27th September 2017

    Interviews to be held: 9th October 2017

    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity

    disability confident & commited

    OnBoard Operations Officer (Maternity Cover)

    Would you like to co-ordinate a programme which has introduced over 750,000 young people to sailing and windsurfing?

    Would you like to co-ordinate a programme which is proven to develop character traits and life-skills and has had a profound positive effect on many young people’s lives?

    If so, we would like to hear from you!

    The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is seeking an exceptional individual to co-ordinate the RYA OnBoard programme: the RYA’s grassroots sailing and windsurfing programme for 8-18 year olds.

    You will be responsible for leading and delivery the OnBoard Programme under guidance from the Participation Manager and Director of Sport Development.

    The role is varied but primarily consists of the liaison and guidance of approximately 250 OnBoard clubs and centres (who are signed up to the programme); ensuring they are sufficiently supported to effectively run the programme, issuing resources (when applicable), promoting the programme nationally and regionally and co-ordinating the bimonthly newsletter and website.

    It also involves the co-ordination of the John Merrick’s Sailing Trust annual donation of boats and boards to promising youngsters who display enthusiasm, drive, talent and commitment to the sport and who may not ordinarily have the opportunity or financial backing to achieve their goals.

    It’s an exciting time to be jumping into this role, the programme has just been through an extensive redevelopment with a new brand identity, new resources and an extra focus on the life-skills which we know sailing and windsurfing are proven to develop in young people.


    You will be organised, proactive and keen to make a difference to the lives of young people. A background or experience in sailing and windsurfing is not essential, but desirable.

    You will be able to work well with a variety of different types of people and your strong diplomatic and people skills will ensure you get the most from the people you work with.

    Experience within marketing and social media would be an advantage. As would strong project management skills and a track record of managing your time effectively to meet deadlines.

    The role is based at the RYA HQ in Hamble, Hampshire although is does include the occasional travel to conferences and events elsewhere within the UK. Consequently, a clean UK driving license is desirable and also the availability to work flexibly including the occasional weekend.

    Salary £25,000 - £28,650 (dependent on experience) Permanent (Full time)

    Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance, 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.

    To apply please review the job description, and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.

    Please note that CV’s will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

    Should you have any queries please contact or call Becky on 01256 384720.

    Closing date for applications: 12 noon Friday 22nd September 2017

    Interviews to be held: Friday 29th September 2017

    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity

    disability confident & commited

    HR Advisor

    The RYA is seeking a knowledgeable and experienced HR Advisor to provide day-to-day support to managers and employees in relation to all aspects of HR in compliance with statutory obligations and best practice. Reporting to the Finance Director, this will include:

    • Review and development of relevant policies and procedures
    • Provision of advice and training to managers in relation to employee performance
    • Assistance to managers with general HR matters, ensuring consistent interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures
    • Active involvement in managing the recruitment process including preparation of documentation
    • Leading the induction programme for new employees
    • Management of contracts and maintenance of employee information in accordance with the Data Protection Act
    • Supporting the transition to a new online HR system
    • Coordination and administration of training and development programmes and liaison with external training bodies
    • Provision of confidential ad hoc advice and assistance to employees

    About You:

    • CIPD qualified, preferably Level 5/7
    • Up-to-date knowledge of employment law and employer best practice
    • Knowledge and experience to confidently support managers in good HR practice
    • Committed to inclusive working, ensuring equality and valuing diversity
    • Ability to build relationships and gain trust
    • Meticulous attention to detail
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to remain visible to managers and employees in a busy environment
    • Organised and methodical
    • Ability to manage and process sensitive information while maintaining a high level of confidentiality
    • Experience of HR databases and software systems
    • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office

    Salary £27,500 - £30,000 pa, 35 hours per week

    Range of benefits including generous pension scheme, free life insurance, 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.

    Interested, please apply here.

    disability confident & commited

    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity

    Understanding Decision Making in Elite Sailing

    Fully funded PhD studentship in Sport Psychology

    Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Chichester Institute of Sport

    Applications are invited for a fully-funded, four-year PhD studentship working with the British Sailing Olympic programme to begin on the 1st October 2017. This PhD is registered at the University of Chichester, West Sussex and the successful applicant will be embedded within the English Institute of Sport’s (EIS) Performance Psychology Team. The successful applicant will be mainly based at the British Sailing Team’s Performance Unit, in Portland.


    As the national governing body, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has the responsibility to help Britain’s brightest sailing and windsurfing talents fulfil their potential, from the early stages of their competitive careers to the pinnacle of winning Olympic medals. Success breeds success and the RYA has been able to establish one of the best sport development programmes in the world built on the platform of multiple Olympic triumphs.

    The English Institute of Sport (EIS) whose mission is to pioneer the delivery of science, medicine and technology services to drive medal success at Olympic, Paralympic and international competition work closely with the RYA in a collaborative partnership to help deliver repeatable success on the world stage.

    This PhD is a unique opportunity for the successful candidate to be immersed in one of the leading sports within the UK Sport High Performance System and look to deliver performance impacting research which helps deliver Olympic success at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and beyond. The role will involve leading the research aligned to a key strategic performance objective for the Tokyo cycle and working closely with a number of key stakeholders, athletes, coaches and support staff within the British Sailing Team. Being based at the Performance Unit in Portland, the role will link into day-to-day practices on the programme and will quickly become an integral part of the Sport Science and Medicine Team where their research will look to inform applied work on the coal-face of elite performance.


    The purpose of this PhD project is to develop an in-depth understanding of decision making and its influence on elite level sailing performance. Part of the project will require the student to validate a working definition of decision making that can be profiled, monitored and reviewed using available performance data. The development and validation of such profile will then aim to facilitate theoretical understanding of decision-making in sailing and lead to the development of interventions to improve decision-making under pressure, which has applications across classes and throughout the performance pathway.

    Applications from those with a postgraduate qualification in psychology, sport psychology, experimental psychology or a related area are welcomed. A good knowledge and understanding of skill acquisition and decision making would also be desirable.

    The main outcome from this PhD will be to disseminate knowledge to coaches and practitioners to enhance their working practice with sailors throughout the performance pathway of British Sailing.

    Essential criteria: Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS); a distinction (or working towards a distinction) in a BPS accredited MSc Sport Psychology programme or related discipline; evidence of excellent communication and time-management skills; and an in-depth understanding of quantitative research methods.

    Desirable criteria: Registered for the Stage 2 Qualification in Sport and Exercise Psychology (QSEP) to become a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and evidence of an ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.

    Supervisory team: The project will be supervised by Dr Jenny Smith (University of Chichester, Chichester), Paul Mullan (Head of Sport Science & Medicine, British Sailing Team) and Dr Kate Hays (Head of Psychology, English Institute of Sport).

    Fees: The studentship will provide full-time PhD student fees waiver of £4,250 p.a. and a bursary of £14,000. For International candidates, the difference between the international fees and UK fees must be paid by the candidate.

    To apply, please go to and complete the online application form.

    Deadline for applications: Monday 21st August, 2017.

    Interviews will be held on the 29th / 30th August 2017. 

    Please direct all enquiries to Professor Iain Greenlees ( or Dr Jenny Smith (

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