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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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    Senior Administrator, Youth Racing

    9 – 12 month Maternity Cover (starting 12 February 2018)

    Our ambition is to be the best sailing nation in the world. Do you want to be part of the team who achieves that? The Youth Racing Department’s primary focus is to support and develop youth sailors to win medals for the British Youth Sailing Team, as well as retaining our young racers in the sport. Help us with our mission and join our fast-paced, dynamic, world class team. If you can demonstrate the right values, mind-set, passion, commitment and competencies to achieve the ambition, then read on. 

    This role is a 9-12 month contract covering a period of maternity leave. We will need you to manage a variety of projects ranging from one-day domestic training camps to 2 week World Championships. On top of this you will be expected to ensure your event logistics provide a cost effective solution every time. Reporting to the RYA Youth Operations Manager, you will manage the diary/logistics for the Youth Racing Manager and work alongside two other Senior Administrators forming a cohesive team of outstanding individuals.

    Computer proficiency is paramount, we love an excel spreadsheet, do you? We also use online event entry systems for all our in-house events and your duties will also include regular editing of the RYA website. While computer literacy is essential you also need to be a good verbal communicator. We need someone who is not afraid to talk, or listen; be sympathetic, yet stand their ground. Daily interaction with sailors, parents, coaches, sailing venues and travel companies, both in the UK and abroad, means that this job is never dull and no two days are the same.

    If you are a passionate, determined self-starter with respect and integrity who doesn’t mind the odd day (or week) out of the office then fill out the application form and make us notice you by highlighting your capabilities and relevant experience. Although a passion for sailing is desirable, it is not essential.

    Starting Salary £19,700 per annum (pro rata) - 35 hours per week Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance, 23 days annual leave (pro rata), plus public holidays. Closing date for applications: Thursday 14 December 2017. Interviews to be held: Tuesday 19 December 2017

    For more information call Lisa Rogers on 023 8060 4105 or e-mail

    Job Description, Application Form, Equal Opportunities Form

    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity

    disability confident & commited

    Single Handed Female Pathway Lead Coach


    Can you develop and retain the best young FEMALE racing sailors in the world? If you have significant coaching experience and believe you know what it takes to develop and retain our next group of female single handed sailors, this could be just the role for you: Single Handed Female Pathway Lead Coach.

    This role will include working with female sailors in British Youth Sailing Junior and Youth programmes in order to ensure they transition into the British Sailing Team programmes in the future. This is an exciting opportunity for the right coach to shape the way that female sailors transition through the programme. 

    The right coach will be able to evidence that they have a vision that appropriately supports female sailors through the pathway and they exhibit the Values and Behaviours of the British Youth Sailing programme, which are: Passionately Ambitious, Curiosity, Courage and Determination, Ownership, Respect and Integrity. These are underpinned by our critical success factors. In addition to coaching a variety of sailors, the role also involves attending Coach Professional Development, meetings with RYA staff, planning and delivery of coaching programmes and support to sailors at International events. 

    Take the lead role in ensuring a suitable supply (quantity and quality) of female single handed sailors through the pathway. 


    A flourishing P3 programme in 2 to 4 years’ time

    - Inspired Junior female sailors transitioning at the right time


    - Identify why the pathway is not currently working (lack of numbers and performance at P3 level). 

    - Engage with Junior Classes (Optimist, Topper and Laser 4.7) to identify and support female sailors. - Work with coaches, HPMs and Pathway Managers from Zone level through to Youth Squads to address the issues. 

    - Understand the needs of female sailors as they transition through the pathway. 

    - Attend training sessions to deliver and support coaching. 

    - Arrange any additional training activities or initiatives that will promote female sailing through the pathway. 

    Other Activities Associated with the Role

    - Coaching support within a variety of squads or open class training or within relevant clubs. 

    - Coach support at relevant International events. 

    - May take on the coaching of specific squad(s) as and when appropriate. 

    - Attend meetings with RYA staff and other coaches to plan the programmes. 

    - Support relevant Class Associations to work on initiatives. 

    - Attend CPD. 

    - Produce resources to support any initiatives and activities

    Applications should be made to David Mellor (Coaching Development Manager) at in the form of a CV and a covering letter detailing relevant coaching and leadership experience as well as aspirations for future coaching. Closing date for applications: 9am on Wednesday 20 December 2017 (Interviews are planned for Thursday 4th January 2018).

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