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Training and Development Forum

The Training Forum, intended to bring together those involved in training and skill development within the region's boating community, has been relaunched as the Training and Development Forum. As before, the Forum will cover training, coaching and development for sailors of smaller sailing craft including dinghies, keelboats and windsurfers. All matters associated with racing sailing craft will also be covered.

Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in training or development within the region and is certainly not restricted to ‘qualified’ instructors or coaches. The format of the meeting is very flexible and does not involve the traditional reading of reports, minutes etc. Reports from the Regional Development Officer and High Performance Manager are circulated beforehand and both of these post holders are usually in attendance to answer any questions members may have. The aim is an evening of lively discussion about training and how it fits into other club activities.

Our aim is to include at least one topic  which attendees would find useful in enhancing their own teaching techniques or which could help in the development of their club or centre. At the first meeting we were treated to an interesting presentation about coaching sail and rig tuning which was well received by both keelboat and dinghy sailors present. In the past we have introduced a variety of topics including…………. funding streams, defibrillator use, coaching starting techniques, how to become RYA club of the year! Amongst many others. Many attendees find that the regular opportunity for networking with like-minded people from other clubs is particularly invaluable and we always give plenty of time for this. At the moment we plan to hold 3 /4 meeting per year at various locations and it is intended that some of the sessions will be practical water-based opportunities. 

We would like you to encourage people from your club or centre to join the forum mailing list and come along to at least one of our regular meetings. We will be delighted to see you and hear your views about club life in the North West. For further information or to join our mailing group simple contact Dave Eccles, via

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