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What's in store at the 2016 RYA Sailability National Conference 

The RYA Sailability National Conference, Annual Awards and Dinner will be held at Wyboston Lakes Executive Centre on Saturday 20 February.

There is much in store for delegates this year, with a wide range of talks, workshops and one-to-one clinics available on everything from social media to legal status and racing progression. One of the workshops on offer will be provided by Jess Cook from the English Federation for Disability Sports (EFDS). In this interactive workshop, Jess will be revealing the latest research findings from the EFDS and demonstrating how they can be applied practically to the benefit of your organisation.

This half an hour talk will work through the ten key principles to help drive participation. Essential for every site, these principles will look at key motivating factors for potential participants and what actions sailing providers must take to ensure continued and productive participation in the sport.

From using the right communications channels to linking to individual values and tailoring your activities to your audience, Jess will use up-to-date research to demonstrate how each of these ten values can be applied to help your organisation develop and refine its services to drive demand. This research-led workshop is one of a number of activities essential to the running of your club that can be found at the RYA Sailability National Conference.

 Due to unforeseen circumstances, the ‘Empowering the end user workshop’ has been replaced with ‘Top tips on applying for funding’ led by Howard Nelson. 

Highly experienced in this area, Howard has been heavily involved in the drive to grow participation for all through his involvement in Rutland Sailing Club, the Lincoln and District Sailing Association (LDSA), Hykeham Sailability and Lincolnshire Scouts over the last 20 years. Howard is a founding trustee of Hykeham Sailability, a trustee of Lincoln and District Sailing Association, an Assistant County Commissioner for Lincolnshire Scouts and a Flag officer at Rutland SC. He is also an RYA Coach / Assessor and Powerboat Trainer.

He also served for 11 years on the RYA East Midlands regional committee, including five years as chairman and was on the national RYA Council for 5 years. Howard has been responsible for developing and writing funding bids for a wide variety of sailing clubs and Sailability organisations including bids from the inspired facilities fund, awards for all, sport relief and Sport England's Small Grant scheme.

Over the last 10 years, over £250,000 has been raised to help clubs improve their facilities including new buildings, pontoons and purchase a wide variety of training craft.  

For more information on the conference, visit the Sailability website, and to book your place complete the booking form and submit to Tom Walker by Monday 15 February.  

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