The event, which took place on Saturday 2 December at Carrickfergus Sailing Club, was attended by 43 representatives from 22 clubs.

Funded by Sport NI Lottery Fund and RYA Membership, it was one of the most highly attended club conferences to date, and provided excellent networking and learning opportunities.

The event kicked off with RYANI staff discussing roles within the team and the Strategic Plan. Membership census results was also on the agenda, giving clubs an insight in to the number of club members in Northern Ireland and active sailors in comparison to other home nations.

Delegates then attended three workshops: Mary Martin from RYANI discussed training centres, Social B provided an insight into social media and Newcastle Yacht Club showcased a success story where they worked in partnership with RYANI.

Lunch was kindly facilitated by Conor from RYA Membership, giving the clubs more opportunity to talk and network.

The final workshops of the day highlighted case studies by Carrickfergus Sailing Club, Bas Edmonds from RYA discussed Race Managements, Gayle Logan provided information on important committee roles, Aware NI delivered a workshop on Mind Matters - Mental Health and Sport and good governance within clubs and Mary Martin explored the topic of growing and developing instructors.

Commenting on the successful event, RYANI’s Active Clubs Co-Ordinator Lisa McCaffrey said: “This was a fantastic event and I am very pleased with the number of club representatives in attendance. It was a useful session and I hope that all of the attendees came away with at least one item that they can take back to their club and put into practice. We’d also be delighted to set up further meetings and help to further develop their club.

“We are grateful to Carrickfergus Sailing Club for being such great hosts, Annie from K&L Catherine and to all of the speakers who provided vital information which will help our attendees to develop their clubs.”

If you would like further information or have any queries, please contact lisa.mccaffrey@rya.org.uk