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RYA Northern Ireland employs 5 staff in a number of roles, from performance to club development, active clubs and administration. Full time staff are based in our headquarters in Newtownards.

Instructors looking for casual work should contact the Regional Development Officer

You can also check out the RYA HQ Jobs Page.

Performance Manager - RYA Northern Ireland

Salary: £28,000 - 31,000 pa, 35 hours per week

(This role is funded by SportNI, of which the funding is next reviewed in March 2021)  

Location: Newtownards

Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance, 28 days annual leave plus public holidays.  

We are seeking a Performance Manager to join the RYA Northern Ireland to lead and manage the RYA Northern Ireland Performance Team with responsibility for delivering the performance elements of the RYA Northern Ireland Strategic Plan.


To support this ambition, the Performance Manager will:  

  • Be responsible for the ongoing evolution of  a strong and sustainable performance pathway within Northern Ireland;
  • Work as part of the RYA British Youth Sailing team to deliver the UK wide remit of ‘developing the best young racing sailors in the world’.
  • Ensure NI athletes have access to the best support programmes locally in order to help them perform on the international stage.  


The accountabilities of the post holder will include but are not limited to:  

  • Manage RYA Northern Ireland’s performance programme investment.
  • Work with colleagues within RYA, RYANI and with key stakeholders to secure and develop investment in high performance activity.
  • Oversee the delivery of the Open Pathway Training, Youth Performance Programme and Performance Academy. Work closely with Performance Academy sailors, ensuring appropriate guidance and support is given.
  • Work closely with High Performance athletes to develop individualised programmes and to meet SportNI Sporting Winners objectives.  


Interviews are expected to take place in late March.  

To apply please review the job description, personnel specification

and complete an application form .  

Please note that CV’s will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.  


Should you have any queries please contact or 02891 827154  


Closing date for applications: Mid-day 12th March 2020  


The RYANI is an equal opportunities employer  

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