More than 400 people attended the seven regional Affiliated Club Conferences that were held across England from November 14-28.
Taking place in each of the seven RYA regions in England, these day-long sessions were designed to offer all RYA-affiliated clubs the opportunity to learn more about the services provided by the RYA.
Each conference offered attendees an overview of RYA operations, covering club support services, regional boundary changes, race management, Sailability, Regional Communications, Government and Legal Affairs.
There were also opportunities for club representatives to attend clinics, workshops and one-to-one sessions, covering a range of subjects from CASC rules to social media and Push the Boat Out 2016 planning. Both regional volunteer teams and members of RYA staff were present at each conference, presenting workshops and also offering clubs the chance to in person on a number of relevant issues and subjects.
One club representative who attended the Eastern region Conference said of the day: “The conference was brilliant. A great way to hear more about the RYA, meet the RYA organisers and network with other clubs in our region. It’s a great forum.”
Following the South West regional conference, an attendee commented: “I enjoyed the day and as always found the RYA representatives very helpful. As a club we know our regional staff and volunteer teams, who continue to be very supportive of our club and give much of their time to us. We may not be able to attend all but where we can they help. “
Following the success of these first-time events, there are now plans in place to review these conferences. If you attended the Affiliated Club Conferences, please complete our survey and provide feedback in order to allow us to continue improving the services we offer.
RYA Regional Development Manager John Foster said: “We feel that these conferences offer great values to all of our affiliates and allow them to stay fully informed of our priorities and the services we provide.
"Going forward, we believe these conferences will be an effective, informative and productive method of engaging with sailing providers and supporting affiliates.”
Club Development Workshops
If you were unable to attend the Affiliated Club Conference in your region, there will be a series of club development workshops held across England throughout the coming months.
These workshops will cover a range of subjects, and each one can be booked below.
For further information on Club Development workshops, please get in touch with your Regional Development Officer:
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