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
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:
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.
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
For more information on the
RYA Affiliated Club Conferences and to book your place visit www.rya.org.uk/go/affiliateconferences