Recognised Clubs initiative sees the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) working
alongside sailing clubs around the country to promote grassroots sailing and
support junior and youth sailors as they develop racing skills. Reading Sailing Club is the 10th club
in the south to receive the accolade.
Smailes, Youth and Junior Coordinator at Reading Sailing Club says “Our club
aims to accommodate all ages and enthuse all types of sailing. We run a regular
race programme throughout the year that the children are encouraged to take
part in. We have a specific Youth and
Junior Training programme weekly throughout the summer. We are delighted to be
rewarded as one of the British Youth Sailing Recognised Clubs.”
Atherton, the RYA’s senior high performance manager, said: “We’re proud to
announce Reading Sailing Club as a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club. The key challenge for our sport is to
encourage more young people to start participating in sailing and progress into
racing. This is best done at club level with successful junior and youth
training and racing.
BYS Recognised Club status distinguishes those sailing clubs with a commitment
to the development of junior and youth racing and race training, which is
delivered in a safe and fun environment. We would like to invite any sailing
clubs which think they meet the criteria to apply for BYS Recognised Clubs
status. We encourage all clubs to apply
to us for this recognition.”
Sailing Club meets a series of exacting standards. It has demonstrated that it runs a regular
race training programme within at least one of the BYS Recognised Classes – the
Optimist, Topper, Laser 4.7, Cadet, RS Tera (Sport), RS Feva XL and BIC Techno
windsurfer at junior level, and 29er, 420, Laser Radial, Laser Standard, Nacra
15 multihull and RS:X windsurfer at youth level.
be a BYS Recognised Club, sailors must compete at BYS Regional Junior
Championships at least once every two years with training delivered by
qualified RYA Coaches.
Recognised Clubs scheme replaces the long-running Champion Clubs programme
which came to an end at the start of 2018.
information about how to become a British Youth Sailing Recognised Club, click here.
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