RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference

Workshops will focus on planning for a successful future


Clubs are invited to save the dates for this year’s RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference, which alongside a virtual event will see the return of in-person regional and Home Country workshops.

Following the success of last year’s virtual conference, this new-style hybrid approach will provide your club with national RYA updates online on Monday 8th November from 7.30pm-9pm. This part of the conference will also include real-life club case studies and an ‘expo’ area, where you can talk to RYA staff and find out more about support for your club.

RYA Region and Home Country events over the winter will then provide an opportunity for clubs and their committee members and volunteers meet up in person at venues where they will be able to take part in workshops and tap into local RYA expertise.

Gareth Brookes, RYA Regional Development Officer Manager, said: “These regional events will be all about really setting clubs up to move forward over the coming year and as always there will be lots of opportunities to network and share ideas.

“At each one we’ll have an interactive workshop in the morning with everyone together looking at case studies and how clubs can review their progress and create a plan for a successful future.

“There will then be four workshops with a focus on what clubs have told us is important for them, so we will be exploring how to: recruit and retain volunteers; develop and replace facilities; recruit and retain more members; and manage governance and legal issues. Your club will be able to examine how it can build on its work in these areas and also find out more about the RYA support available.

“Hopefully clubs will leave these conference events with a head start on what they can do, where they can go for further information, and lots of inspiration and know-how!”

All the events will be free to delegates from RYA affiliated clubs and are ideal for anyone involved in managing your club or its activities: flag officers, committee members, staff and volunteers.

Keynote speakers are due to be announced soon and the conference is expected to become bookable from the beginning of September. All details will be available at www.rya.org.uk/events/affiliated-club-conferences In the meantime save the dates!

  • National: RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference: Monday 8th November from 7.30pm-9pm, online event for all clubs.
  • South: 13 November 2021 - National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH
  • South West: 20 November 2021 - South Devon College, Hi Tech & Digital Centre, Vantage Point, Long Road, Paignton TQ4 7EJ
  • London & South East: 21 November 2021 - New Line Learning Academy, Boughton Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9QL
  • East: 27 November 2021 - Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, Ipswich, IP9 2RX
  • Midlands: 28 November 2021 - Whitemoor Lakes, Barley Green Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8QT
  • North East: 4 December 2021 - Catterick Race Course, Catterick Bridge, Richmond, North Yorkshire DL10 7PE
  • North West: 5 December 2021 - Anderton Centre, New Road, Chorley, PR6 9HG
  • Scotland: 6 March 2022, venue TBC
  • Wales: Starting 22 November 2021 (week of online sessions)
  • Northern Ireland: 22 January 2022, venue TBC