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British Youth Sailing Recognised Club 

British Youth Sailing Recognised Clubs

Training tomorrow’s champions

The RYA works in partnership with sailing clubs through the British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club Programme to help them establish or enhance their junior race training. A BYS Recognised Club allows junior sailors to develop their sailing and racing skills, and encourages young sailors at grassroots level to stay in the sport.



The key challenge for our sport is to encourage more young people to start participating in sailing and progress into racing. This is best done at club level and a successful junior and youth training and racing programme will enable a club to flourish. The BYS Recognised Club status distinguishes those sailing clubs with a commitment to the development of junior and youth racing and race training, which is delivered in a safe and fun environment.


In order for a club to achieve BYS Recognised Club status, a club must demonstrate that it runs a regular race training programme within at least one of the BYS Recognised Classes. In order to achieve the high standards of training that are expected of BYS Recognised Clubs, training must be delivered by qualified RYA Coaches to RYA Recognised Training Centre standards (or equivalent) with a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in place.

Get Recognised

Find out more about essential criteria for BYS Recognised Clubs and how to apply for BYS Recognised Club status

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