The annual RYA and Yachts & Yachting Club of the Year Award, supported by Gallagher, recognises the outstanding achievement of sailing clubs across the UK and promotes the hard work and dedication that goes into running a successful club.
The RYA Awards Panel have selected 10 finalists for 2020.
You will have the chance to vote for the sailing club you think deserves to be RYA Club of the Year 2020. Voting will open on Friday 13 December.
The 2020 finalists are:
- Prestwick Sailing Club
- Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
- Delph Sailing Club
- Draycote Water Sailing Club
- Royal Anglesey Yacht Club
- Strangford Lough Sailing Club
- East Antrim Boat Club
- Christchurch Sailing Club
- Netley Sailing Club
- Felpham Sailing Club
Five of the finalists were also recognised for their particular achievements in the following areas:
- Prestwick Sailing Club- ‘Boosting Membership’
- Delph Sailing Club- ‘Inclusive and Open to All’
- East Antrim Boat Club- ‘Embracing Modern Communications’
- Netley Sailing Club- ‘Fantastic Facilities’
- Felpham Sailing Club- ‘Innovative and Forward Thinking’
‘Innovative and forward thinking’ – a recognition for a club who makes a break from traditional ways of running a club or delivering boating activity. This could be delivering activities at different times of the week, day or year, or organising different formats of training or racing to engage with new participants, etc.;
‘Inclusive and open to all’ – a recognition for a club or project which has been impactful in developing participation amongst people with disabilities or from other under-represented or disadvantaged groups;
‘Fantastic facilities’ – a recognition for a club who has undertaken facility developments and has been creative and resourceful in the design, minimised environmental impact, and/or shown innovation in securing funding and provision of club facilities
‘Boosting membership’ – a recognition for a club that has delivered the most impactful participation project, the outcomes of which are, attracting and retaining new participants and growing their membership;
‘Embracing modern communications’ – a recognition for a club that has embraced the use of modern communications, e.g. social media platforms or who have been proactive and forward thinking in their communications and marketing using websites, local press, radio etc.
Applications for Club of the Year 2021 will open in August 2020.
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