Scottish Club Chat February 2023

The RYA Scotland Development Team has been having great conversations with club members and leaders throughout Scotland, including those at our recent online workshops, as well as many of our partners. There is so much talent and potential at our clubs and centres that we are excited to see how they grow and evolve in the coming year.​ ​
06 Feb 23
We have enjoyed keeping in touch with everyone over the winter thus far, but like many of you surely, we look forward to getting out and about and back on the water. As the 2023 conference season continues, here is a quick summary of upcoming programming.


RYA Scotland Affiliated Club Conference – 4th March 2023, Dewars Centre in Perth


This in-person conference will provide an opportunity to hear from colleagues within RYA and RYA Scotland, including fellow clubs, centres, and organisations.  In addition to comprehensive, informative programming, there will be ample time for informal conversations with staff and attendees.  Full details and registration may be found here


Logos for RYA Scotland Events


RYA Connect with Coaching, online – 7th March 2023


This final session for race coaches and instructors will take place on the 7th of March. Participants will be invited to submit questions on coaching topics they would like to discuss with the other participants and the coach development team.  To register your place and for further information see here

Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport online workshop – 14th March 2023


In conjunction with sportscotland, this workshop is for welfare officers as well as anyone who is involved in working with or supervising others who work with children and young people. The course may be booked here.


RYA Scotland Dinghy & Windsurf Instructor Days – March and April 2023


The Coach Education team are running several practical days, hosted regionally across Scotland.  These days are targeted at coaches and instructors and will help develop volunteers and staff from throughout the boating community. Full details and registration may be found here.


Onboard Festivals take place regionally in Scotland


Could your club use £1000 in FREE sports equipment?  Our colleagues at sportscotland are looking to understand how sport and physical activity contribute to building an Active Scotland. Their survey is open until the 17th of February 2023 and all clubs who complete it will be entered into a prize draw to win £1000 of sports equipment. Find the survey and further details here.


Watch for details of the upcoming RYA Scotland Impact Awards.  Do you know of someone in your club or community who has made a significant impact on you, a club or centre, or the wider boating community?  Keep them in mind and look out for the upcoming opportunities to celebrate and reward those with exceptional commitment and achievements in your clubs.


You can also make nominations for RYA Volunteer Awards NOW!  Full details, including guidelines and the link to the nomination form are here.


The RYA Scotland Development Team are planning to start regular Zoom Connect Calls for clubs and centres.  These calls will be opportunities to connect with RYA Scotland staff as well as club leaders from throughout Scotland.  The intention is for the conversations to be led by clubs toward topics relevant to clubs.  Details and dates are coming soon.


Would you like to grow your club’s membership?  Consider signing up your club to Discover Sailing, the RYA Demand Creation Campaign which supports clubs by providing both physical and online resources, regional communicator support as well as allowing clubs to benefit from being part of the national promotions. Full details on the programme, as well as about Re-Discover Sailing may be found here.


February is LGBT+ History Month, celebrating and remembering LGBT+ history and promoting LGBT+ equality.  Please feel free to contact the Development Team for ways to promote this month and engage with your local community.


Please do not hesitate to make contact if you have questions or areas where we might be able to support.  Send us a message at


All the best from The Development Team – Georgia, Laura, Brian, Kristy & Liza