At this years Affiliated Clubs Conferences we will be exploring the theme of 'planning for a successful future'. Whether your club has been able to capitalise on the staycation trend or is struggling to resume activities, this is the event to help you move forwards. 

These conferences are ideal for anyone involved in managing your club or its activities: flag officers, committee members, staff and volunteers. 

This year we are running both online and face to face conferences, check out the details of each below.

All the events will be free to delegates from RYA Affiliated Clubs.

Online Conference

The online conference will be hosted by Shirley Robertson OBE who will be joined by key note speakers and panellists and will be a perfect opportunity to catch up with the latest news and opportunities for clubs. The event will include a 'Club Support' stand where you can meet RYA staff and volunteers and find out more about how they can help your club.

This online event will take place on Monday 8th November, 7.30 - 9.30pm.

Regional & Home Country Conferences

The regional and home country conferences will be an opportunity to meet and reconnect with other clubs as well as RYA staff and volunteers. As well as hearing the headlines from the region and the latest local opportunites for your club, there will be a practical session to support you with your club development planning. There is also a programme of club development sessions led by experts that will explore the following areas - 

  • How can we recruit and retain more volunteers?
  • How can we develop or replace our facility?
  • How can we recruit and retain more members and participants?
  • What advice is there for the governance and legal challenges our club is facing?

Unless specified, these conferences will be delivered form 10am - 3 pm, with additional networking opportunities available from 9 - 10am and from 3 - 4pm

The Regional and Home Country conferences will take place as follows:

  • 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 - The National Memorial Arboretum, Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire, DE13 7AR
  • 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
  • Wales: A series of online events running in the evenings of the week commencing 22nd November 2021 
  • Northern Ireland: 22 January 2022, venue TBC
  • Scotland: 6 March 2022, venue TBC 

Look out for updates over the coming months about keynote speakers and workshops and in the meantime please do save the dates for both parts of the 2021 RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference!