The club development forums were created by the governing
body to connect with affiliated clubs and centres. So far over 20 clubs and
centres have been attending virtually.
RYA Northern Ireland’s Chief Operating Officer Richard
Honeyford commented: “Lockdown has led to some very constructive and important
discussions within the sailing community through the RYA Northern Ireland
“We’ve covered lots of different topics, from NI government
advice to funding opportunities and Q&A sessions on the main issues facing
“We are continuing to provide guidance to clubs and centres
on the latest government advice, which allows our members to make informed
decisions about how their club is operating.”
The most recent forum on Tuesday 9 June provided
clubs with discussions on how to safely return to recreational boating
activity. Ballyholme Yacht Club provided a valuable insight into their own
journey to ‘Returning to Boating’ and discussed their Covid-19 team approach,
which was set up under RYA guidance.
Clubs taking part in the forum were given the opportunity
to discuss Ballyholme Yacht Club’s journey and explain their own plans.
Lisa McCaffrey, RYA Northern Ireland’s Active Clubs Co-ordinator,
commented: “I really miss visiting the clubs during the sailing season so getting
to catch up was super. The forums give us a chance to explain the work that we
are doing around providing guidance to our clubs and centres within the various
activities that we cover.”
Further forums are planned and these will focus on returning
to racing, returning to training and further volunteer development, sailability
and cruising workshops.
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