The free RYA SW Affiliated Club Conference, supported by Gallagher, will take place on 9 November. It’s all about ‘Putting People First’, recognising the importance of getting the human element right - especially when clubs are looking to grow their membership, increase their volunteer base, develop their instructors and race coaches, or simply get better at retaining members of all ages, interests and abilities.  

This year we’re visiting the north of the region, and the superb venue is The Bristol Pavilion in Nevil Road, Bristol BS7 9EJ.


This free conference is a fantastic opportunity for club members to meet and network, share ideas and successes and discuss any current challenges that they may be facing. The event has been tailored to suit the needs and strengths of our region and will share the latest insights obtained through research, projects and club development. Organised by Rob Howlett, the new SW Development Officer, the packed agenda will include:  

Volunteer management

Run by Susie Moore and Stuart Jones, this thought-provoking workshop will discuss how the world of volunteering is changing and how volunteers want to make a difference, and it will help you to develop your practices in order to recruit and retain more volunteers.  

Employment law

What does your club need to know about employment law? Mandy Peters from the RYA legal team will discuss the legalities of volunteering, contracting and recruitment, as well as codes of conduct and what you can do if it goes wrong.  

The impact of sailing on young people

This workshop will explore how you can create a programme to deliver sessions that maximise the impact of our sport, helping young people to develop and grow. Hannah Cockle, OnBoard Development Officer, will look at the things young people learn other than sailing when they go sailing. She will suggest the best way for volunteers to deliver a well-balanced programme that brings out the seven character attributes that OnBoard has recognised are developed through sailing.  

Rob is encouraging at least two people from each club to attend this highly motivating event. There is free parking at the venue, refreshments and lunch are provided, there will be plenty of time for networking. The aim is that club members will leave with all the ideas and information they need to prepare for a successful 2020 season.  

Please do car share if you can, and bring a water bottle to fill – there will be no single-use plastic at the event.  

For more information on the RYA Affiliated Club Conferences and to book your place visit