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Burwain Retains its Championship Club status

Burwain SC is very proud to have been re-awarded its Champion Club status. The club has worked very hard over the last 5 years, establishing our junior Sailfish Club to introduce young sailors to sailing and help them to develop into competent junior racers

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The RYA Champion Club Programme

The RYA Champion Club Programme recognises those sailing and windsurfing clubs with a commitment to youth sailing and race coaching. It aims to encourage young sailors and windsurfers at grass roots level, to stay in the sport and learn to compete.

What is a RYA Champion Club?

A RYA Champion Club is essentially a club which makes a commitment to deliver safe, effective racing and race training in the RYA recognised classes. These are the Topper, Mirror, Cadet, Laser 4.7, Optimist, RS Feva and BIC Techno 293 Windsurf board.
Additionally, clubs which are Champion Clubs agree to support (via well organised coaching as well as advice, expertise and encouragement) the on going development of young sailors within their club and help to facilitate their progression into regional competition and subsequently into RYA squad programmes. In short if you are keen for your young sailor to progress down the competitive dinghy/windsurf racing route there is no better foundation of training.
In practice, Champion Clubs vary enormously in terms of their size and status but they all share in the ethos of putting Youth Sailing at the forefront of club activity and providing a structured progression for young sailors to meet their goals.

Benefits of becoming a RYA Champion Club

RYA Champion Clubs can access development support and advice on all aspects of their Junior racing and race training from their High Performance Manager and Regional Club coaches, as well as access to free coaching days and club coach mentoring to help deliver expert race coaching at your club.


Championship Status at Burwain

Our Sailfish club has grown consistently each year from it’s beginnings in May 2008, to the stage where we now have Juniors competing in the club racing. Our development over the last year has seen 1 sailor in the RYA’s West Zone Squad, another in the Topper 4.2 National Squad, and 7 or 8 more competing regularly in the NW Topper and Junior Traveller series (as well as various Topper National events and World Championships, and well-known events such as the Southport 12 and 24 hour races, Abersoch Mirror and Dinghy weeks etc)

The award of Champion Club status both recognises how well our junior sailing has developed at Burwain, and also helps provide the impetus for further development of junior sailing in East Lancashire. The support we have received as part of the Champion Club programme has helped us introduce additional race training and coaching for the 2013 season, which will contribute significantly to our juniors’ continued success in local, regional, and national events, and in competing for selection for RYA junior squad places. We would like to thank the RYA for their support.