What are the RYANI Youth & Junior Squad Programmes
The RYA Northern Ireland runs 4 squads as part of the Youth and Junior racing programmes. Youth is classified as under 18 years and Junior as U15 in the in the year of selection.
As an individual sport, the philosophy of the squad programmes is to coach the sailor to become their own coach. Sailors on the pathway are expected to train in their own time outside of squad sessions in order to develop skills and progress.
The RYANI support selected Pathway classes, dependant on numbers and the nature of sailing in the province, Ireland and the UK. These classes are those deemed as ideal for sailors to learn key skills as they mature and could potentially lead them to the Olympic classes (of which there are 10).
Funding comes from the Sport Northern Ireland. We have a domestic training budget and an overseas budget. These are divided between the two squads each year to ensure they get the weekends training needed and the overseas event experience to compete competitively abroad.
The dual nationality of our sailors means that they are free to consider which country they wish to compete for internationally – we support all Northern Irish sailors as their Governing Body, whether they elect to sail fo GBR or IRL.
Selection for the squads niormally takes place in October each year with squad sessions over the winter period and key overseas events supported in the main competition period. Criteria for the squads is posted annually prior to the RYANI Youth Championships and selection weekends.
Squad selection policies are updated annaully and can be found on the relevant Squad Page.
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