Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club has received the prestigious Clubmark NI award from the Royal Yachting Association of Northern Ireland (RYANI).

The club is just the fourth sailing club in Northern Ireland to receive the award, which recognises its high standards in the areas of coaching, management, safety, community engagement and safeguarding. Sport Northern Ireland works with a range of Governing Bodies of Sport and Local Authorities to deliver the accreditation.

RNIYC Commodore, Johnny Pollock accepts the award from SNI Vice Chair, Jay ColvilleCommodore of the club, Johnny Pollock said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for this fantastic award. We have worked hard to ensure we meet the highest standards as a club and this is something we are very proud of.”

The Clubmark NI accreditation helps clubs to be recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

Presenting the award, RYANI’s Development Officer Mary Martin, commented: “The Clubmark NI accreditation is a process that looks at the procedures and actions in the clubs, giving them a benchmark. Clubs going through the process have found that it gives them confidence in their operation. We are proud of the high standards adhere to and we are so pleased that RNIYC has come through the process and achieved the award. It celebrates the hard work put in by the club committees, volunteers and staff.”

Sport Northern Ireland has also recently launched a new online portal for the Clubmark NI scheme, streamlining the process for clubs who wish to gain accreditation. Clubmark NI is delivered in partnership with the eleven local authorities and twenty-two governing bodies of sport, who will guide and support registered clubs through the process towards accreditation.