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Youth Training Fund Bursaries 

RYA London and South East funding to support young sailors and coaches achieve goals

Young talent across the RYA London and South East region is receiving a boost thanks to Performance and Coaching Bursaries from the regional Youth Training Fund Charity (YTFC). The awards are intended to provide modest financial assistance to support either a sailor’s ongoing efforts to fulfill their recognised potential or a coach’s activities towards the development of their talent and coaching ambitions. 


Performance Bursaries: for promising young sailors up to the age of 14 on 31 December in the year of the award.

Applicants should have demonstrated potential by way of achievements in events such as Youth or NSSA Nationals, RYA ranking events or by selection for teams representing GBR at international level 

Coaching Bursaries: for young sailors up to the age of 23 on 31 December in the year of the award. The award funds a recipients to attend a RYA Race Coach Level 2 course. Applicants should have shown the capability and enthusiasm to contribute to the sport in terms of support to their fellow sailors. 

For 2017 across the London and South East region the YTFC trustees have decided to award:

  • Up to 15 performance awards of £200 each and
  • up to 14 Coaching Bursaries to fund participation in RYA Race Coach Level 2 courses

The YTF will also provide coach recipients support with travelling costs up to £40 at the trustees' discretion. In return for the YTFC grant support, recipient are expected to return to their clubs or other association or regional events to assist with ongoing coaching or training, and pass on their experiences and enthusiasm to help inspire others.

Tony Rowe, RYA YTFC Secretary, says: “The YTFC has been established for many years and is well known for its provision of dinghy fleets to support the sail training of young people in Kent and Sussex. The demand for the fleets is diminishing as clubs become more self-sufficient and the Trustees have decided to supplement the provision of dinghies with ‘Youth Bursaries’ to encourage young sailors in the form of the new bursaries. We have an abundance of talent in the region and we want to give all our young sailors, whether destined for podiums or as coaches, the best chance to realise their ambitions.”   

Full details of the 2017 bursaries and how to apply are available in the Related Documents section at the top of the page. 

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