From the next affiliation cycle in April 2024, we are asking all new and existing affiliates to commit to working towards a revised affiliation criteria for 2025.
The changes in the criteria will include actions relating to safeguarding, health and safety and inclusion.
Please make sure to log on to the new RYA Affiliation Portal and answer the two simple sets of questions before Thursday 29 February 2024.
We know our affiliates are already working hard to create safe and welcoming environments for new and existing members. However, there are now greater expectations placed on national governing bodies and sports providers from regulatory and funding bodies, as well as participants, to ensure that correct procedures are in place.
We want to continue to support our affiliates, identify where more resource may be needed and make it even easier for people to find safe places to enjoy being on the water.
We want to help you in continuing to deliver the fantastic work you do, whilst being prepared to act appropriately if things do go wrong. Recognising no one affiliate is the same, the RYA is here to support you.
As part of the 2024-2025 affiliation renewal process, we are asking all affiliates to answer some simple questions to ensure we are connected with the right people at your organisation, understand the level and type of activity you deliver, as well as the processes you have in place to co-ordinate this activity and to support the people involved.
We will use the information provided to update our records and focus the work we are doing on a national and local basis to get more people sailing and boating, in safe environments, more often. Ultimately, we anticipate this change of approach will help to highlight the value of RYA affiliation, not only to our affiliated organisations, but also to your members and those interested in becoming involved.
A wealth of resources relating to the topics covered in the questions can be found on the RYA website and through the new RYA Affiliation Portal. Following on from the RYA Connected Conferences, we will also be hosting a series of ongoing webinars and workshops covering these topics in more detail.
To support you, we have launched the new RYA Affiliation Portal for organisations to access their affiliation information, store relevant documents and update essential details such as contact information.
The main registered contact for your affiliated organisation will have received an email with registration details for the new RYA Affiliation Portal in January 2024. Once your main contact has registered on the portal, they will also be able to grant permission for other key contacts at your affiliate to log in and access your profile.
Please do not try and log in unless you have received an email with registration details.
If your organisation delivers racing activity, you will also be asked an additional question: