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RYA Club of the Year 

Applications for RYA Club of the Year 2018 are now closed. The finalists /Category winners will be announced early in the New Year.

Throughout the UK there is a remarkable array of people who work together to create vibrant clubs. These introduce and retain large numbers of people from a range of backgrounds and thereby ensure our sport and our clubs continue to thrive. 

In 2007, the RYA launched an exclusive Award for clubs to recognise and promote their outstanding achievements . Ten years on, the RYA re-launched the Club of the Year Award seeking to reflect the latest insight and intelligence regarding what makes a vibrant and successful club. 

The RYA and Yachts & Yachting have joinied forces to recognise and promote the outstanding achievements of RYA affiliated clubs across the UK. For the 2018 Award, RYA and Yachts & Yachting are keen to encourage, reward, learn from and share examples of innovation and best practice.

Clubs that have successfully implemented a project, or strategy that has led to increased membership or activity in one of the five categories below could apply.

i.    Innovation – recognising a club initiative that makes a break from traditional ways of running a club or delivering boating activity. For example this could be delivery of activities at different times of the week, day or year, or organising different formats of training or racing to engage with new participants etc.;  

ii.    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. Emphasis should be on inclusivity not segregation;

iii.    Facility Development – where a club has undertaken facility developments and has been creative and resourceful in the design, minimised environmental impact, and/or shown innovation in securing funding and provision of club facilities;

 iv.    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;  

v.    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, local press, radio etc.

Five finalist clubs (one in each category) will be announced early in the New Year, and RYA members and Y&Y readers will be invited to cast their vote to decide which club will be crowned the Overall Winner. 

RYA Club of the Year 2017

Beating off stiff competition, Ullswater Yacht Club  were selected as the overall winner by the RYA Awards Panel and were specifically recognised for their efforts in increasing participation. Having started 2016 deep in flood water, the club members rallied together making a huge effort to get up and running for the start of the season.

Successful marketing and publicity made sure the club was more visible than ever, attracting new members and novice sailors to a taster sessions, sailing courses and children’s summer clubs and activities. Ullswater YC also ran an ‘I am Team GB’ event which saw over 1000 people get out on the water.

David Clarke, Ullswater YC said: “It’s just fantastic. All the work that our volunteers have done from the club house being built, to the taster sessions and so many visitors at the ‘I am Team GB’ event-this is the icing on the cake!”

Find out more about past winners and finalists.

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