Safeguarding young people

With the school holidays rapidly approaching, all clubs with young participants should be checking that they have everything in place to enable children and young people to have the best possible experience of the sport.

  • Are all your club members aware that safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility?
  • Are your club safeguarding policy and the details of your Club Welfare Officer easily accessible to everyone?
  • Does your club have a Code of Conduct and good procedures in place for handling complaints or concerns?

A poster for you to add the details of your Welfare Officer, and a ‘Short guide to safeguarding’ for club members, can be downloaded from Safe & Fun poster to put on your club noticeboard. For more information see www.rya.org.uk/go/safeguarding

Sailing and Cruising Association appeal for competitors

In 2018, the Sailing and Cruising Association, the UK's dedicated sailing club for LGBT+ people and friends, will again be entering a team into the Gay Games.

Paris will host this, the tenth Gay Games, and the S&CA intend to field a competitive but fun team to race J80s between 6-18 August 2018.

The club are looking for LGBT+ people and friends to join the team and to celebrate diversity in sport with competitors from around the globe. Whilst they will be looking to build on our three podium finishes over the last three games, no specific qualifications are needed except a good nature and a keenness to train and participate.

Anybody interested should contact David Peachey, Rear Commodore (Racing) at the S&CA on racing@gaysailing.org.uk. Registration for the games opens this month.

Race coach opportunities

Racing Coach Level 3 was recently relaunched with new structure and content specifically aimed at developing experienced Club coaches. The remodelling has been designed to give increased support and education to those coaches who have achieved RCL2 status and have been regularly coaching with this qualification for at least two seasons.

The course, delivered over three weekends, gives coaches a real opportunity to develop their coaching and gain some quality and specific CPD with experienced tutors and specialists.

In April, Rutland Sailing Club played host to the RCL3 Selection Weekend where all coaches attended two days of learning and session planning and delivery.

Ed Sibson from Rutland SC said: “I think the best thing about the weekend was the variety of the content and delivery methods. The resources shared with the group, both physically and online, are all very helpful and in some cases are particularly impressive".

The following course weekends will take place in June and October.

Keelboat Racing Coach Level 2

This year’s Keelboat Racing Coach course will take place at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy on the 10th – 12th November.

The course will start Friday lunchtime and run through to Sunday afternoon. The intense two and half day course aims to develop the necessary coaching skills to assist Keelboat and Yacht racing teams to reach their potential. The course takes a practical approach in Elliott’s with some essential theory also included.

For any specific details about the course please contact racecoachcourses@rya.org.uk or visit the website to book.

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