RYA South Club Development Forums

The RYA South Development Forum programme is a fantastic opportunity for networking with other boating clubs in your local area

Forum Outline

  • Focus area & topics presented        
  • Discussion - What your club or the clubs as a group can be doing to tackle the challenges or take advantage of the opportunities on the table.  
  • Highlighting of support available from the RYA or other organisations ·        
  • Plan of action created
  • Any other Business/ Questions - An opportunity for anyone to highlight successes they wish to share or a challenges they are facing outside of the evenings topic

The aim of the forums is that clubs will come along with an open mind to share ideas to share to support each other to progress and the region to success in its aim of increasing club membership by 5% by 2021.

Snacks & refreshments will be available at each evening to help keep the mind focused.

January 2020 - How can we recruit and retain more volunteers in our clubs?

The world of volunteering is changing, so how do we develop our volunteer management practices to cater for this?  Research suggests people's propensity to volunteer hasn't changed but the way they want to volunteer has. They're now working online, seeking flexible schedules and seeking more autonomy and ownership of projects.  They don't anymore want to make a contribution, they want to make a difference! This forum will follow on from the ‘World of Volunteering is Changing’ workshop at the Affiliated Clubs Conference and the ‘Future of Boating - Volunteering’ Webinar.  We will explore the RYA’s latest insights in this subject area in relation to your and other local clubs and share ideas on how you may wish to adapt your volunteer management practices to spreading the load across the many rather than the few.

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February 2020 -  How can your club make the most of its open days?

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This session will help you to understand your clubs open day aims and support the planning of a day that delivers.

 Date Location Time
 10th February  Netley Sailing Club  18.30 - 21.00
 11th February  UKSA  18.30 - 21.00
 25th February  ASWC Portsmouth  18.30 - 21.00

March 2020 - Rebuilding the foundations of racing in the UK

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Rebuilding the foundations of racing in the UK - A strategy to reinvigorate youth sailing through a regional and club focus Following a review of youth sailing in the UK, the RYA is looking to rebuild the foundations of racing by reinvigorating the youth racing pathway in regional and club focused manor.

This is an opportunity for you and your club to learn about the finding of the review and the changes within the new strategy “Rebuilding the foundations of racing in the UK”. We will also enter into discussions around what this strategy could look like in your local area. The content of this forum is aimed at club committees and those in leadership roles related to the youth section of clubs and class associations. However anyone whom is interested in this area of our sport and wishes to feed into shaping the local direction of this strategy is very welcome to join us.

Date Location Time
 9th March  Royal Lymington Yacht Club  18.30 - 21.00
 10th March  Brading Haven Yacht Club  18.30 - 21.00
 16th March  Hayling Island Sailing Club  18.30 - 21.00

April 2020 - Increasing your club members satisfaction, to keep them coming back?


The Club Member Satisfaction Survey has now run for the past 2 years; 2018 & 2019. 143 clubs nationally took part, and the results have allowed us and clubs a like, to gain a deeper understanding of club member’s satisfaction and how this links to retaining members for longer. During the evening we will be looking at the survey results and discussing the areas which have the biggest satisfaction gaps. We will be sharing ideas from your fellow clubs about what they have been doing to address these gaps, increase member satisfaction and keep their members coming back.