RYA Sail for Gold Programme
Sail for Gold Programme for Clubs and Training Centres
The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are less than 18 months away. Whilst preparations within the Olympic classes squad are already in full swing, we want to help bring the excitement of the biggest sporting event in the world to your club or training centre.
The RYA has launched a programme called Sail for Gold which provides a framework of on- and off the water activities which you can tailor to suit your needs. We hope to inspire new and existing sailors to get out on the water, make clubs the focal point for members to join in the spirit of the Olympics, and maximise support for the world’s most successful Olympic classes sailing team, “Skandia Team GBR”.
The Gold Challenge is an independent nation-wide initiative to inspire a sporting legacy from 2012, supported by Sport England, the British Olympic Association and UK Sport.
I would like to invite and encourage you to sign up for these initiatives, to help your club or training centre get engaged with the best of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sail for Gold
Sail for Gold is a comprehensive programme of activities designed to bring the Olympics to you. It includes a celebration of the long and successful heritage of the British Sailing Team, events to get your members on the water, activities that will inspire your local community, and a website that will provide up to the minute Team GBR news, commentary and results from Olympic selection through to the Olympic and Paralympic regattas.
Full details of each element of the programme will be released at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show in March. Meanwhile, we would like you to nominate a Sail for Gold Activator- your representative and point of contact for us to communicate information about the planned activities and events.
Sail for Gold can only achieve its potential with your commitment and whilst participation is voluntary we are confident you will want to join in this once in a generation opportunity.
The Gold Challenge will inspire new and existing sailors onto the water, in support of one of 100 official charities. Entry can be either individual or as part of a team, with participants testing themselves in up to 30 Olympic and Paralympic Sports by the end of 2012.
Participation from Clubs and Training Centres will be by signing up as Gold Challenge official locations, and providing participants with 3-hour taster sessions. It should provide an excellent opportunity to connect with potential new clients and club members and of course to build participation in sailing.
For more information, the Gold Challenge website is www.goldchallenge.org
In order to register the name of your Sail for Gold activator, receive further details of the RYA programme including some key dates for 2011 and 2012, and to indicate interest in the Gold Challenge, simply click on this link:
Alternatively let Mary Farrell or other RYA representative know.