Pathway Club

As part of its drive to increase the number of clubs providing high quality junior and youth race training programmes, the RYANI works in partnership with sailing clubs through the RYA Pathway Club Scheme.

Training tomorrow’s champions

The RYANI works in partnership with sailing clubs through the RYA Pathway Club Programme to help them establish or enhance their junior race training. The programme is part of the British Youth Sailing Recognised Clubs scheme.  A RYA Pathway Club allows junior sailors to develop their sailing and racing skills, and encourages young sailors at grassroots level to stay in the sport.


The key challenge for our sport is to encourage more young people to start participating in sailing and progress into racing. This is best done at club level and a successful junior and youth training and racing programme will enable a club to flourish. The RYA Pathway Club status distinguishes those sailing clubs with a commitment to the development of junior and youth racing and race training, which is delivered in a safe and fun environment.

RYA Pathway Clubs gain access to information, advice and education at key RYANI events to help keep up to speed with latest changes and developments. 


In order for a club to achieve RYA Pathway Club status, a club must demonstrate that it runs a regular race training programme within at least one of the British Youth Sailing Recognised Classes. In order to achieve the high standards of training that are expected of  RYA Pathway Clubs, training must be delivered by qualified RYA Coaches to RYA Recognised Training Centre standards (or equivalent) with a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in place.

Get Recognised

For further details on the process of becoming a RYA Pathway Club, or if you are an existing Pathway Club who would like further information on the scheme, please contact our Development Officer or High Performance Manager or visit RYA British Youth Sailing Recognised Club.

RYA Pathway Clubs in Northern Ireland