Clubs are the cornerstone of RYA Scotland's new strategic plan and the Focus Club Support Programme, delivered via Regional Development Officer support, is a key area of work for the Participation & Development department.
A volunteer committee helped RYA Scotland select 20 focus clubs in summer 2017 and it was agreed that clubs would be directly supported until the end of March 2018 with the committee evaluating the progress made in early 2018. It is anticipated that some clubs will have naturally come to the end of their support or further guidance and assistance may be offered.
It was also agreed that a 'waiting list' would be operated and that the clubs who were unsuccessful for the 2017/18 programme would be added to that list. We would also like to ensure that list stays open so that any RYA affiliated clubs in Scotland can apply to become part of the programme - starting on the 1st April each year.
If a club would like to be added to the waiting list (for the 2018/19 intake), then we require the following information to be submitted no later than 31st January 2018:
- Complete sportscotland's Club First Development Tool. On completion, clubs will receive an email report outlining some areas for development & success.
- Complete a Note of Interest
- Send the completed Note of Interest and the report from the Club First Development Tool, along with the club's development plan (if the club has one) to RYA Scotland (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31st January 2018
The programme is open to all affiliated clubs throughout Scotland, regardless of their size, location or the disciplines offered at the club.
Once again, the main criteria for selection for this programme shall be the desire and capacity to grow club membership and a willingness to work in partnership with RYA Scotland and other local community organisations.
If you have any questions or would like to have an informal chat around the Focus Club programme, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with Liza Linton, Development Manager at RYA Scotland on 0131 317 7388 or 07770 604234
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