Notts County has won the RYA / Yachts and Yachting national Club of the Year this year, whilst that may not be to surprising to members, who already know how good the club is, its a great national recognition of all the members and committees hard work. Thanks to all who voted and persuaded others to vote we apparently won by only 30 votes.
Adrian Jones our Commodore summed it up “So immensely proud to be associated with such a fantastic club made up of so many wonderful members”
Ross Ryan was at the presentation with about 30 other members who had come along for support. Ross was Commodore last year and led the bid, he also led the team with Nicki Theokritoff that provided the new facilities that got us into the finals.
Notts TV Eyup : link
Sports week link
We also have a poster for you to hang up at work (see above), or anywhere else that helped with the vote to say thank you Download here to print: thankyou poster
Hillary Whittington took this photo of the group down on Friday 9th March for Notts TV (Freeview ch 7 I think) filming, hopefully being shown on Monday 12th March, when its available on line we will link it.
The RYA sent photo below of the members at the Dinghy show celebrating.
Below explains why we won (from RYA/Yachts and Yachting Citation):
In 2013, the club undertook a strategic analysis and created a strategy to rejuvenate the club and modernise its facilities. Now, four years into this process, they have achieved a considerable change to their facilities, including negotiating a new 30 year lease, with an extended sailing season to help secure the long term future. The posititive impact of their new facitilties is being felt in all areas of activity.
Over £250,000 was invested in expanding and upgrading the clubhouse and ancillary facilities; including a multifunction training room, doubling the size of the ladies changing area, updating the male changing area, expanding the boat park and pontoons, renovating the clubhouse and race hut. By using architectural design and modern materials to maximum effect the club has also reduced energy usage.
The enhanced facilities and extended sailing season has maximised participation and is stimulating new membership. Overall income in 2017 was 240 per cent higher than in 2013; membership has also increased by over 27 per cent, and now stands at over 1200.
Annual open days have been supported by promotional campaigns online and in the local media, bringing around 900 visitors. RYA training provision at the club has increased by over 50 per cent in the past few years, with both sailing and windsurfing courses offered.
Participation in the parent led ‘Saturday Club’ has increased by 125 per cent to 130 children in the last two years, encouraging families to invest in dinghies and young sailors to progress to club racing, with several Assistant Instructors qualifying as a result.
Typically the club is now used every day of the week, with power, sail, dinghy and windsurf activities for all ages, abilities and aspirations, and a number of RYA initiatives, including, Onboard, Champion Club, Sailability, and Push the Boat Out. They also have established relationships with local schools, the university, local community groups such as Scouts and open water swimming.
The rejuvenation project has provided a platform for sustainable future growth; particularly encouraging more women and newcomers to the sport, and helping to retain members and increase participation.