If you think your club is one of the best in the UK then there’s just two weeks left to apply for the RYA Club of the Year Award 2017.
This prestigious annual award has recognised and promoted the outstanding achievements of clubs across the UK since 2007 and was relaunched at the Southampton Boat Show last month with five brand new categories.
“We’re really excited about the changes we’ve made to RYA Club of the Year Award” said RYA Club Support Advisor Jackie Bennetts. “In recent years we’ve learnt more about why people take up the sport, how they participate and what they like about their clubs.
“We believe the Award will now better recognise the individual projects and activities run by clubs that attract people to take to the water and to enjoy sailing regularly”.
RYA Club of the Year Award will now be presented in five brand new categories:
• Innovation- recognising a club initiative that makes a break from traditional ways of running a club or traditional ways of running boating activity;
• 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;
• Facility Development – where a club has undertaken facility developments and has been creative and resourceful in the design, minimised environmental impact, shown innovation in securing funding and provision of club facilities;
• 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;
• 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 and local media.
The RYA Honours and Awards Panel will select five finalist clubs, one from each of the categories. The overall winner will be selected from these five and will be announced at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show in March.
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