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Gareth's Gossip - October 2016

Update from your Midlands RDO on what's new this month

Hi everyone

Firstly I just want to start the month by thanking everyone who completed the 2016 RYA Affiliated Club Membership Census.

The information you provide gives us the insight we need to increase our understanding of the current capacity and health of the nation's sailing
club network and inform us what you require from us to grow, so we really appreciate the input.

The results are scheduled to be published next month, and the Insights report always makes for interesting reading in terms of trends and patterns we are witnessing across the whole region and within the context of the bigger national picture. In the meantime, here’s a reminder of what we saw in the 2015 census report.

Grab a Small Grant Now!

The Small Grants programme is currently the only Sport England programme that is live, as we await the new Sport England plan for 2017-2021, which comes into effect from April. As part of that new cycle Sport England are expected to announce a new tranche of funding programmes.

Small Grants uses Lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport, and our advice is if you have a need for something new – boats, kit, whatever it might be - apply now.

There will not be a bottomless pit of Small Grants cash as the transition between the current four-year funding cycle becomes the next, so don’t risk missing out. Your SDO and RDO can support you in your application so drop them a line.

More information on the Small Grants Programme can be found here – Sport England Small Grants, and to contact your Sailing Development Officer click here - RYA Midlands Contacts.

Get Your Club Revved Up For The Honda RYA Youth RIB in 2017

Congratulations again to South Staff SC’s Kamila Czartolomna, 15, who won her second Honda RYA Youth RIB national title at the Southampton Boat Show last month. Kamila’s latest success means in the past three years Midlands clubs have won three brand new RIBs thanks to the success of their drivers at the finals.

These aren’t youngsters who have a lifelong passion for powerboat racing, they are sailors, exactly like your juniors, who have enjoyed the support of their clubs in developing the skills to be safe, efficient RIB drivers.

We hear so many reasons clubs don’t want to get involved in the programme, yet those who are can vouch for how effective and beneficial it can be in terms of not only bolstering the volunteer ranks of safety/RIB drivers, but also, as South Staffs SC and Girton SC will attest, potentially winning a brand new RIB and engine.

Here is a reminder as to what the Honda Youth RIB Championship actually is courtesy of our Midlands Regional Coordinator William Baldock - Getting Revved Up For Honda Youth RIB

William will be at the RYA Midlands Affiliated Clubs Conference on Saturday 19 November, so if you want to find out more about how you could get your club involved for the first time next year, catch up with him there. He will be only too delighted to dispel many of the myths and concerns that still exist around it.

Less Than Two Weeks To Enter RYA Club of the Year 2017

You have until Monday 31 October to tell the world why your club deserves an award as applications for the new-look RYA Club of the Year close that day.

With the award split into five new categories - Inclusivity, Facility Development, Increasing Participation, Communications and Innovation – for the first time this year, there is even more chance for you to get your best and most successful projects recognised and earn a shortlisting for the overall Club of the Year award.

Full details can be found here as well as the link to download the award guidelines and application form - RYA Club of the Year 2017.

Save The Date

The date for the 2017 Push The Boat Out has been announced as the 13-21 May. This year almost 500 open days were held across the UK, with around 50 of those in the Midlands alone.

We will be talking more about how you can make the most of Push The Boat Out at the Midlands Affiliated Clubs Conference conference and the coming months but get it in the planning diary now. Stay up to date with the latest Push The Boat Out news here - RYA Push The Boat Out.

Could You Take Advantage Of An Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation Grant?

ASSF is welcoming applications for its third round of grants to support disabled sailing across the world. In line with this goal, funding will go towards providing clubs and centres with direct and indirect support, including:

  • Club safety packs, including buoyancy aids and waterproofs
  • Disability awareness training
  • Ambassador visits
  • Assistance with covering transport costs to and from the sailing venue
  • Providing seed funding for larger equipment related projects. Whilst the money won’t go directly towards purchasing boats, ASSF will provide seed funding and support for a certain number of projects where a small investment and support for the project greatly increases the overall chances of success.
Anyone wishing to apply for a grant can download an application form here - assf-grant-round-3

Applications close on Monday 31 October. All completed applications should be sent directly to along with the necessary supporting documentation. Anyone with questions should also email the same address.

This is what Iain Percy, ASSF Trustee, had to say: “We want to focus our efforts on disabled sailing. Bart was extremely passionate about the power that sailing has and that it should be accessible for all. It is a travesty that the Paralympics is dropping sailing after Rio 2016 so we placed Bart’s Bash on the last two days of the Paralympics Games. It really is a call for the worldwide sailing community to get together and help raise funds for disabled and Paralympic sailing in the future”.

Hope this has given you all some inspiration as the planning season gets well and truly underway!


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