With the sailing season drawing to a close, we want to thank all clubs who have submitted their monthly participation data.
The information you provide is essential in maintaining the long-term future of sailing, and we appreciate the efforts of each club to provide us with this data.
As a thank you, the first 250 clubs to submit their data each month are entered into a draw to receive a prize of their choosing for the benefit of their club. During the past year, no less than six clubs have profited from the prize draw, with more winners to be chosen over the coming months and in 2016.
In April, South Bank Sailing Club and Crosby Sailing Club were the prize draw winners, gaining three ICOM M23 VHF radios and three training marks respectively.
Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club will benefit from new spray tops, whilst Sail & Paddle Watersports Centre were also gifted three ICOM M23 VHF radios for completing their May data swiftly.
For being amongst the first 250 clubs to complete their data returns in June, Broadstairs Sailing Club were rewarded with three training marks, with Neyland Sailing Club also set to benefit.
July’s data prize winners were Tamesis Sailing Club and South Woodham Ferriers Yacht Club, who both stand to receive rewards.
Through submitting data on club participation each month, clubs and training centres are better able to understand and act upon reasons for the growth or decline in sailing attendance at their venues.
Victoria Lenz, RYA Participation Manager, said: “Gathering data from each club is crucial as it enables us to secure investment from UK and Home Country governments and means we can lobby effectively on behalf of the sailing provider network. The more participation data that clubs provides us with, the better we can deploy our resources and help clubs and training centres secure larger amounts of funding for facilities development.
Gathering this data is important in helping us make the very best case to our stakeholders that investment in sailing is making a tangible difference to activity levels and sporting participation nationwide.
The data also means we can continue to provide coaching days and training for volunteers, coaches and instructors.
We are also able to maintain RYA programmes aimed at growing the sport including Push The Boat Out, RYA Sailability, OnBoard, RYA Champion Club and Start and Go Sailing participation programmes.
If you need any support to either develop internal club systems to collect, retain and collate the information, or to fill out the survey itself then please contact your local Regional Development Officer who will be able to assist.
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