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YOUTHS (12ish - 18 years)

We recognize that as children grow up, their needs change and our youth section has a few specific activities targeted at them. Our longer term youth members are often extremely competent sailors, racing at high standard nationally and internationally. Equally, we have a large group of newer teenage members who need support and encouragement to learn to sail in a format that works for their age group.

As juniors develop into teenagers the club is focused on helping them continue to enjoy their sailing, at whatever level they are at, and to also help them develop useful and marketable social and sailing skills to help them into young adulthood. The structure is based on the following principles;

Trust: We will trust them to act in the best interests of the club and their fellow members and they should trust the club to provide a safe, fun and enjoyable place to spend their leisure time.
Engage: We will value their comments and contributions and consult with them about aspects of the club that impact them.
Empower: We will provide them opportunity to contribute and take responsibility and effect change to improve their and other members' experiences at the club.
Nurture: We will provide support and opportunity to help them grow and explore their sailing interests.

On Saturday afternoons, many of our newer youth sailors can be found having fun at Improvers which offers supported sailing under the guidance of the Training & Coaching team. A mix of games, structured exercises and a lot of fun with friends helps them develop their skills so that they are competent sailors who enjoy being on the water having fun together. After sailing socials are held most Saturday's and either the club BBQ is lit or a takeaway pizza order is made. As their skills progress they are encouraged to participate in Kickstarter race coaching on a Sunday, this series offers a supported introduction to racing. Even if racing isn't ultimately their key focus, learning to race hones the sailing skill set and speeds up the learning process as having to sail a set course as fast as you can helps sharpen the connection between all the training and coaching sessions and doing it "for themselves" in another fun environment. We also offer the opportunity of sailing with a safety boat operating on select Friday summer evenings with a fish & chip supper afterwards. We also encourage our youth sailors to participate in #teamripon which is an introduction to travelling to other clubs and events and sharing the wider world of dinghy sailing (& racing). It doesn't matter if you are at the front or the back of the fleet, everyone is welcome to be part of #teamripon and advice is offered on which events to try first.

Our more competent youth sailors can often be found on the regional or national racing circuit at the weekends and enjoy meeting up with friends from other clubs who they have met as part of the #teamripon environment. Sunday racing is another opportunity for youth sailors to get together and race against each other as well as socialise between races.

We celebrate all participation, contribution and endeavour, not just the winners; we also make a point of encouraging our competent youth members to get involved and help with junior sailing and novice youth sailors. All youth members are encouraged to get involved with any aspect of the club that they are interested in. Inclusive activities across the entire membership base increases their friendship group, helps provide vital non-school based friendships and contributes to their development, both on and off the water.

The club offers the Assistant Instructor Course to competent youth members which looks good on their university CV and provides a supervised introduction to the world of watersport instruction; we support and encourage youth (>16yrs) members to obtain their Dinghy Instructor or Race Coach qualifications. We also offer first aid courses which is a valued and transferable skill. We can also support DofE volunteering via our existing development system although we do not offer bespoke DofE programmes.

Whilst the club actively encourages positive contribution and inclusion for all, we will not hesitate to implement our behaviour and welfare policies and impose penalties or remove participation opportunities if poor or anti-social behaviour occurs.

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Last updated 20:02 on 16 May 2022

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