2017 Finalists Announced - Overall Winner to be revealed at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show
The overall winner of the pretigious RYA Club of the Year 2017 will be announced at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace, London, on Saturday 04 March.
Introduced in 2007, this annual award has recognised and promoted the outstanding achievements of clubs across the UK and now, nearly ten years on, it’s been reviewed and updated to reflect the changing environment in which clubs are now operating.
“We’re really excited about the changes we’ve made to RYA Club of the Year Award” said RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts. “In recent years we’ve learnt more about why people take up the sport, how they participate and what they like about their clubs.“We believe the Award will now better recognise the individual projects and activities run by clubs that attract people to take to the water and to enjoy sailing regularly”.
The five finalists have each been recognised for their achievements across five brand new categories:
Heart of England Offshore Cruising Association
- Innovation - recognising a club initiative that makes a break from traditional ways of running a club or traditional ways of running boating activity;
Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club
- Inclusivity – aims to identify a club project which has been impactful in developing participation amongst people with disabilities or from other under-represented or disadvantaged groups;
Whitefriars Sailing Club
- Facility Development – where a club has undertaken facility developments and has been creative and resourceful in the design, minimised environmental impact, shown innovation in securing funding and provision of club facilities;
Ullswater Yacht Club
- Increasing Participation – acknowledging a club that has delivered the most impactful participation project, the outcomes of which are, attracting and retaining new participants and growing their membership;
Rudyard Lake Sailing Club
- Communications – a club that has embraced the use of modern communications, e.g. social media platforms or who have been proactive and forward thinking in their communications and marketing using websites and local media.
This year the panel also decided to award three clubs with Certificates of Commendation. Midland Sailing Club, Nottingham County Sailing Club and Skye Sailing Club have all done outstanding work but narrowly missed out on being selected as a Finalists.
RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts “We’re delighted to announce the five finalists for this year’s RYA Club of the Year Award. All these clubs have worked hard to create outstanding projects and activities which make it possible for more people to enjoy being on the water at their venue and to continue to sail regularly
“The award offers the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the members who are responsible for creating successful, vibrant sailing clubs in the UK. Without their ongoing support and commitment we would not be able to offer the range or quality of activities which are crucial to the continued success of both our clubs and our sport.”
The finalist awards will be presented on the Suzuki Mainstage at 16:00 before the overall winner is revealed by Sarah Treseder, RYA Chief Executive and The British Sailing Team’s Ben Saxton.
Special thanks go to Arthur J. Gallagher who support the RYA Club of the Year Award and to Sailing Awards who donated the perpetual RYA Club of the Year trophy when the award was first introduced in 2008. Sailing Awards
RYA Club of the Year 2017 applications are now closed, and will re-open in the summer for the 2018 award.
For more information on the awards www.rya.org.uk/go/cluboftheyear
Overall Winner of the RYA Club of the Year Award 2016 - Redesmere Sailing Club
Find out more about Redesmere Sailing Club, the other 2016 finalists along with all the past winners and finalists.
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