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What are you up to this winter?

Workshops, boat shows, training, awards and dates for the diary

Autumn has been a warm one so far but as we head into the winter months most sailing clubs will be reflecting on the season just gone and beginning to prepare for the season ahead.

Safeguarding Children Workshops

As featured in last month’s Clubroom, winter is good time to develop your volunteers’ knowledge and confidence when working with children. 

Did you know your club can book a tutor through the RYA to deliver the 3-hour SportsCoach UK workshop ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ (SPC) to a group of between 10 and 20 people at your site.  This works well as a team-building activity and gives you an opportunity to explore your attitudes and understand your responsibilities as individuals and as a group. 

There's a subsidised fixed charge of £300 (ie. £15 per head for 20 people) plus VAT towards the cost of the tutor’s fee and travel and a course book for each participant.  If you don’t have 20 people, why not partner with another club or centre in your area to make it more cost-effective?  For more information contact the RYA’s Safeguarding Manager, Jackie Reid, on 023 8060 4104 or

It’s also possible to attend an open multi-sport SPC workshop as an individual, use the link to the SportsCoach UK website from our Safeguarding Training web page to find one in your area.

Alternatively the RYA’s ‘Safe and Fun’ online course is a useful introduction for those who help out with children’s activities but do not have specific responsibilities. The course is available through any RYA Recognised Training Centre that offers it – go to the ‘Where’s my nearest?’ section of the website. 

Winter dates for the diary

London Boat Show 06-15 January 2017

RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 04-05 March 2017

RYA Volunteer Award Nominations - invited soon - closing date 3rd April 2017

RYA Instructor Training Days: A great day afloat for instructors, coaches and trainers.  Practical workshops on offer plus updates from training and RDOs. Dates to be announced soon

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