Affiliated Clubs 2018 Conference
for the North East region on Sunday 2 December has a full schedule of
inspirational ideas to help clubs get set for a vibrant year ahead.
The event at
Leeds Trinity University will provide updates on the RYA support available to clubs
and 14 specialist workshops covering a whole range of topics.
will have a chance to discover the latest thinking on all areas of making their
clubs sustainable for the future, whether it's engaging existing members or the
local community to find new ones, running environmentally-friendly facilities
and events, or tackling social media, insurance, GDPR and funding bids.
speaker and special guest will be RYA Director of Racing Ian Walker. The
double-Olympic medallist and Volvo Ocean Race winner is looking forward to
sharing his insights and hearing the views of club members from across the
"I have been RYA Director of Racing for 12
months and I am looking forward to attending the RYA North East Affiliated
Clubs Conference in Leeds to share some of my lifetime sailing experiences and
discuss what life after professional sailing has been like at the RYA. I am looking
forward to meeting old friends and new faces and better understanding the
challenges and opportunities facing clubs in the North East.”
Tickets for the conference are free and include lunch. The day starts
at 9.30am with registration and
refreshments ahead of a 10am start time, with a full programme of speakers and
workshops concluding at 4.15pm. There will be three rounds of workshops, offering a wide variety for delegates to
sustainable clubs & events: Discover and share best practice
from what is happening in the region. With plastic waste and our impact on the
environment high on the agenda, this workshop provides the opportunity to
discuss what your club and its events can do to safeguard its local waters and
wildlife for future boaters.
Club Insurance - Understanding
and managing your key risk exposures: It is vital that clubs evaluate
and manage risk effectively. Endorsed Insurance brokers Gallagher, provide an
overview of club insurance and identify key areas for consideration.
Retaining junior sailors in your
club: Discuss how RYA OnBoard ideas and good practice can help support
your club and junior membership. Learn about the broader learning benefits that
being on the water can provide for the younger generation and how this can help
you promote your junior programmes.
- Attracting sailing's future
customers: Following on from the key note presentation, this workshop will
delve deeper into some of the customer insights and the developing consumer,
participation and social trends. We will also be sharing good practice and
looking at and how some clubs are already diversifying in order to maximise
these future opportunities.
- RYA Racing Services - resources
to support your club racing: Meet the volunteer and staff team
who look after racing services. Have you ever wanted advice on writing race
documents and running races? Do you know who to ask about the racing rules and
how to settle disputes? Have you ever wondered “why is my handicap always
wrong?’’ Through video case studies and testimonials find out more about what
is on offer and how this may help you deliver the best possible racing for your
Reaching new members through your
club website: Your club website is your shop window and one of the first ports
of call for prospective members, so it needs to be right for you to be
successful. This workshop will identify what good looks like, what simple steps
you can take to improve your website, and how to improve your Google rankings.
Delivered by our social media partners SocialB.
- How to write a successful funding
bid: We will help to provide you with an understanding of the key
elements that need to be included in any funding application to give it the
best chance of success.
Honda Youth RIB Championship: How to get involved and develop your young members potential. This workshop
will explore how your club can get involved with the 2019 Honda RYA Youth Rib Championship
programme and the benefits taking part can bring to your young members and the
wider club environment.
Developing your coach and
instructor team: This session will focus on how clubs and the RYA are finding and
training coaches and instructors. We will share best practice from other clubs
and explore what support the RYA can offer you in developing a coach/instructor
GDPR - Keeping yourself
compliant: An update on the recent General Data Protection Regulations.
Lessons learned so far, keeping yourself compliant and maintaining standards.
- Reaching new members with
Facebook post boosting: Boosting a Facebook post is an
effective way to grow attendance and increase retention from open days and
Start Sailing courses. We will explore how to create a good post and use free
and paid for boosting. Delivered by our social media partners SocialB.
- How to improve your club members’
satisfaction to keep them coming back: We’ll be using the Club Members
Satisfaction Survey outcomes to explore themes and trends across different
groups of members. We’ll discuss what clubs can do to improve and decide on
possible actions for your club.
Finding alternative sources of
funding: From crowd-funding to debentures, during this workshop we will
explore alternative methods of funding for clubs, equipment and activity
- How reaching out to your local
community can benefit your club: The communities we live in are
diverse and our clubs are stronger when they reflect this. Consider innovative
ways clubs are reaching out and including participants who may face barriers to
find out more and book your FREE place, find all the details on our Affiliated Club Conferences page.