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RYA Club of the Year

Across the UK there are over 1,000 RYA affiliated sailing clubs, with a total membership in the region of 325,000 members, and each year the RYA searches for the best Club in the UK, covering all aspects of a 'good' club, including

  • Encouraging people to get on the water
  • Providing a range of quality and safe activities for all
  • Attracting new club members and volunteers
  • Engaging with the local community
  • Demonstrating good governance and club management
On 5th March 2016, at the RYA Dinghy Show, the RYA Honours and Awards Panel announced that Redesmere SC had beaten four other nationally selected finalists to come home with the Club of the Year trophy.

In particular, the RYA highlighted Redesmere's vibrant membership, the broad range of sailing and development opportunities and a track-record of improving both sailing participation and the Club's operation and facilities, in all their aspects:

  • "Redesmere is a great family club with lots of activity for everyone, on and off the water, whatever their age, ability or sailing aspiration."
  • "A key focus the integration of the sailing and training calendars, to ensure a clear pathway for people learning to sail and social sailing through to regular club racing"
  • "this club is truly a club run by its members for its members."

Adam McGovern, RYA NW Regional Development Officer added:

  • "I'm really happy for the club. They're a well organised club, they're involved in a lot of different projects, they're a really inclusive club and they do a lot for both juniors and adults.
  • "We've worked closely with them to help them establish their sailing programmes, and they've proved to be a very self-sufficient club. They now have great infrastructures in place and sustainable models that will ensure the club thrives for a long time."

For your own taste of Redesmere's award winning culture and enthusiasm why not listen to Stuart Campbell's interview (Club Commodore at the time) on BBC Radio, Redesmere SC at BBC Radio Manchester.

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