Development Gatherings

The Participation and Development Team provide support to affiliated clubs on a range of issues and opportunities .

RYA Scotland Development Calendar 2022/23

Throughout the winter period, the RYA Scotland Participation and Development team are hosting a series of workshops exploring development topics for affiliates.

We are inviting club committee members, volunteers and centre staff to attend any of these online sessions and learn from the RYA Scotland staff and each other.

The workshops will centre around one of three topics; Community Mapping, Facility planning and Funding. These sessions are also a great opportunity to meet likeminded individuals with similar roles to yours from across the country.

This is great chance to engage with RYA Scotland staff and reflect on some of the topics which you have raised with us over the summer and plan a way forward for next season.

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Online Workshop

Date & Time



Wednesday 16th Nov 2022,


Does your club or centre need more funding? For running costs, special projects, equipment or facilities?

Do you know how much you need and how you might go about obtaining it? Who might you approach? What resources are available? Do you have a financial strategy?

The RYA Scotland Participation and Development team will facilitate an online workshop, helping you answer these questions and guiding you toward helpful resources, to ultimately create and implement a funding plan for your organisation to help you achieve your financial goals


Wednesday 18th Jan 2023,


Our Facility Workshop aims to explore the areas to consider in the development of your club/centre facility.

One barrier cited for club growth is poor accessibility to include the whole community so we will think about how we can meet inclusion and sustainability commitments which fit in with the community you are part of.

We will look at ways in which you can consult with your membership, the community, and under-represented groups to develop your plans.

We will discuss ways in which to finance your development plans and look at what key elements funders will be looking for in terms of your club ethos and vision for future growth and development.

Community Mapping

Wednesday 8th Feb 2023,


As a part of a series of development workshops, the RYA Scotland Participation and Development team will be running a workshop on Community Mapping.

Community Mapping is an exercise that will help clubs and centres to identify who lives in their local community and how they can link in and work with other organisations in the area. It will help the clubs identify potential partnerships and ways to better the community around them.

We will look at all the different types of organisations in local communities, for example schools, charities, community groups etc.


Connect Call – Cost of Living Crisis and the Effect on Affiliated Organisations – Wednesday 7th December 2022

We are all aware that the cost of living crisis is affecting people in their every day lives. This is in turn affecting our members, affecting our clubs and our organisations. RYA Scotland would like to invite you to a discussion around the ‘effect’ of the Cost of Living Crisis. Together we will explore the issues, share ideas and potential ways to limit the effect on our organisations. Join us at 7pm for an hour long discussion. You can book your free place here 


Affiliated Club Conference

The RYA are hosting a variety of online workshops as well as the Regional Conferences starting in October 2022 and running until December. Further details here.

The RYA Scotland Affiliated Club Conference will take place in March 2023 and more details will follow. Keep an eye on this page and our social media channels for more information and more upcoming development opportunities.