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RYA Affiliated Club Membership Census

Club Census The 2016 Affiliated Club Membership Census will be launched in June

The first annual Affiliated Club Membership Census (Survey) was conducted in 2013, and repeated again in 2014, and 2015.

This year the census will begin in June and will again be online, making it easier for clubs to submit their responses and enable us to feedback the Insights far more promptly.

We are looking to collect the following information from our affiliated clubs:    

  • Total number of members at the club,
  • Number of family memberships and juniors,
  • Male /female split   
  • Whether the membership at your club has increased, decreased or stayed about the same over the past two years, and possible reasons for the change
  • The number of new club members and those not renewing membership    
  • The membership capacity at your club, limiting factors and aspirations

You can download the full list of questions.

Our aspiration is to be able to feedback to you any key observations or learnings arising, via our team of Regional Development Officers and formally via publication of an ‘Insight pack’.

In short, the more comprehensive the information you supply  the more insightful and intelligent we can be about advising and support you going forwards.

The rationale

We hope that by taking this approach we can gather valuable information about affiliated clubs which will enable us to place our support and resources in areas that will help to ensure the success of clubs in both the short and long term.

Collecting this information annually will enable us to identify trends and take appropriate action in good time.

What do you need to do?

In early June each club will receive an e-mail containing the link to the online Census. Please take time between now and then, to ensure that your club membership records are up-to-date, so that it is easy to fill in the Census.

Deadline for responses

Each year we aim to achieve at least an 85% response rate, to ensure that the Insights we draw from the information are robust and credible. 

To enable us to analyse the data and create the Insights document in time for the conferences and workshops taking place in the autumn, we ask that you complete the survey by the 15th August.

Prize Draw 

Each club completing the census before midnight on 15th August 2016 will be entered into a prize draw. 

One club will be selected at random to receive a £500 prize of their choice, and two additional clubs will each receive a £250 prize.  

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