SSSC Secures National Youth Excellence Award for 2019

South Staffs Sailing Club has once again been awarded a prestigious national quality mark for 2019, recognising its commitment to helping Britain develop and retain the best young racing sailors in the world.

The British Youth Sailing (BYS) Recognised Club scheme celebrates excellence in nurturing future sailing stars with the sport’s governing body, the RYA.
Youth Junior Sailing
Chris Atherton, RYA Senior High Performance Manager, said: “BYS Recognised Club status distinguishes those clubs with a commitment to the development of junior and youth racing and race training, delivered in a safe and fun environment. Sailing’s key challenge is to encourage more young people to start participating and progress into racing. This is best done at clubs and successful junior and youth programmes enable a club to flourish.”

Mark Nicholls, RYA Youth Racing Manager, added: “We’re delighted with the response to the Recognised Club scheme. Within a year we already have 40 clubs from across the nation that have really impressed us and caught our attention by their commitment to developing the future of our sport. It has filled us with a lot of confidence that the future of sailing is in good hands through quality youth and junior training and racing.”

BYS StatusTo gain BYS Recognised Club status, a club must run a regular race training programme in at least one of the BYS recognised junior and/or youth dinghy classes and its sailors must compete at BYS Regional Junior Championships. Training must be delivered by qualified RYA Coaches to RYA Recognised Training Centre standards, with a Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in place.

SSSC was recognised for being a safe and fun environment for youngsters to flourish. Around 80 youngsters are involved in regular youth & junior activity, with 20 of these part of the Race Squad, which feeds youngsters into the RYA’s regional Zone squads. Furthermore, we were recognised for our fantastic entry of 18 sailors taking part in the BYS Regional Junior Champs in September last year.

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