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May 2019 Blog

WOW, May is always such a busy month for our clubs and centres with Push the Boat Out and Open Day opportunities to showcase the sport of sailing to the wider public.

It is also really busy for the RYA Scotland team who are out visiting a number of clubs and centres to support their ‘Try Sailing Days’ as well as attending the Eric Twiname Champs (at the beginning of the month), completing Inspections, delivering CPD and training (to the instructors and sailors of the future), meeting our Regional Development colleagues from across the UK, as well as our normal club development support. Added to this, two of the Participation & Development team celebrate turning a year older in May.

So it’s a short ‘blog’ for this month as there is so much going on……

Push the Boat Out 2019

The start of Push the Boat Out has gone well with over 24 clubs and centres delivering activity on the water so far in Scotland! Here’s a quick round-up of what happened in the first weekend.

Safeguarding Update – Referrals Policy

We would like to inform clubs that a change has taken place as part of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme paperwork. Organisations have always had a legal requirement to inform Disclosure Scotland when a person ‘working/volunteering’ for them has been permanently removed for specific reasons from a position involving regulated work. However from April 2019 it is now expected that organisations adopt a ‘Referrals Policy’.

A referral to Disclosure Scotland must be made if one of the two conditions are met – regardless if they are still in work or have already left.

More information, including a samples referrals policy, is available on the website or you can contact RYA Scotland Development Manager and Safeguarding Lead Liza Linton.

Scottish Club Trophy & NEW Coaching Day

The Scottish Club Trophy is an event aimed at young sailors who have just started racing and want to represent their club and come to a friendly racing environment. This year’s event is taking place on Sunday 18th August at Loch Earn Sailing Club.

Participants are invited to compete in the Optimist, Topper, Feva, Tera, Hansa 303 and Windsurf classes if they are under 16 as of 31st December 2019.

We are all really excited about going to a new SCT venue at Loch Earn this year. Following on from the success of the Brown Cup we know that Loch Earn SC will be an excellent host.

What’s new this year? We will be running a coaching day on Saturday 17th Aug for sailors who are looking to make a weekend of fun. There are limited places (60 Max) so please make sure you sign up and get involved (separate entry and payment required). More information is available on our website here

Volunteer Framework

Exciting times ahead…..

RYA Scotland are embarking on a mission to help you shape the future of volunteering in the boating community. We want to support club, centres and organisations to create a sustainable volunteer culture fit for the future.

Volunteering is widely recognised as a supportive and beneficial means of engaging with new people, learning new skills, giving back to the community and having a fun time. Our boating community is built on a ‘backbone’ of volunteers, people who give up their time day in day out.

Have you ever thought about how your clubs supports volunteers, develop volunteers to grow your club or even looked at how you could engage volunteers from your local community?

RYA Scotland are aiming to produce a supportive framework for the next round of regional conferences and we shall be looking for your help!

Watch this space.

Team 15 Events

There is a lot of energy and excitement once again gathering around the Team 15 and windsurfing events. After a very successful Eric Twiname Championships for the windsurfers, Team 15 Co-ordinator Sami Poole, is keen to continue to develop the club training opportunities, the events and develop the community bound by the sport! Dates have been confirmed for the 4 club events with windsurfers also being invited to attend the Scottish Club Trophy event in August:

Event 1 = Newburgh Sea Gorillaz – 15th June 2019

Event 2 = Loch Insh Monsters – 20th July 2019

Event 3 = Port Edgar Pirates – 10th August 2019

Event 4 = Monikie Maniacs – 15th September 2019

To find out more please check our website

RYA Scotland AGM

The Annual General Meeting for RYA Scotland is fast approaching and is due to take place on Monday 17th June 2019 at 7.00pm. The venue is the RYA Scotland Offices at Caledonia House in Edinburgh and further information can be found here including how to register your attendance.

Save the Dates for 2019 – further information shall be on the website soon

May 2019 – Push the Boat Out – national opportunities to get involved in sailing and windsurfing

8th June 2019 – Wheels to Water Event

17th Aug 2019 – Scottish Club Trophy Training Day – Loch Earn Sailing Club

18th Aug 2019 – Scottish Club Trophy – Loch Earn Sailing Club

Sat 16th Nov 2019 – Regional Development Conference – Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore

Sat 30th Nov 2019 – Regional Development Conference – sportscotland HQ, Glasgow

Sat 18th Jan 2020 – Regional Development Conference – Tayside/Dundee area (venue tbc)

Finally, we hope that you find useful this information useful to you and your club and that it helps to plan for the season ahead. As always, if there’s a feature you would like to see us introduce such as a ‘club development topic’ then please get in touch so that we can tailor the blog to you!

Take care and we hope to see you soon,

The Development Team, aka Robin, Jack & Liza

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