Bosham SC awarded

Chrchester Harbour club receives Volvo RYA Champion Club status

Tuesday December 16th 2008, Author: Gillian Smith, Location: United Kingdom
Bosham Sailing Club has been awarded the esteemed Volvo RYA Champion Club status for their commitment to youth sailing and delivery of high level training at their club. Team GBR Paralympic sailor, Helena Lucas together with Alison Murphy from Cambridge Garage (Portsmouth) presented the award to Andrew Johns, Bosham Club Commodore, at the annual Cadet Prize-giving ceremony on Saturday 13 December 2008. Helena also enjoyed spending time with the young sailors, inspiring them with her experiences at the Beijing Paralympics.

On presenting the award Helena said: “It’s great to see kids so enthusiastic in sailing and already dreaming about one day competing for Great Britain at the Olympics and I am sure we will see some of these young faces standing on the podium in the future.”

Guest of honor , Team Volvo for life sailor Helena Lucas, is Britain’s top 2.4mR sailor and represented Team GBR competing at this year’s Paralympics in China. Helena was born with no thumbs and only having two functioning fingers on each hand. She started sailing at the age of 8 and is a shining example of how important competitive racing and programmes like the Volvo RYA Champion Club programme are to young sailors.

The Volvo RYA Champion Club Programme recognises sailing clubs with a commitment to youth sailing and race coaching in the UK. It aims to encourage young sailors and windsurfers at grassroots level to stay in the sport and learn to compete, while encouraging clubs to introduce youngsters to the sport and help develop their skills. The key challenge for the programme is to encourage more young people to start participating in sailing and then progress with their racing careers.

Alison Murphy from Cambridge Garage said: “We are delighted to be presenting this award in recognition of the great work that Bosham Sailing Club has done to help young sailors to develop their racing skills, and following the success of British sailors at the Beijing Olympics this summer we may well be training future Olympians here in West Sussex ”.

Andrew Johns, Bosham Sailing Club Commodore said on receiving the award :
“We’ve just been granted our Volvo RYA Champion Club status which is great news for the club and we’re really looking forward to the extra support and backing we will get now as a result of this.”

Now Bosham Sailing Club has been awarded the Volvo RYA Champion Club Status, the sailors will see increased levels of development advice and professional coaching including support from their local RYA High Performance Manager Chris Atherton. He commented “it really is an exciting time to be involved in the Volvo RYA Champion Club Programme and the incentives are there for every club to take full advantage of. The easier we can make it for more clubs to do that then the quicker the sport of sailing will benefit.”

Bosham will also have access to the recent commitment from Sport England of £1.1m to the RYA’s flagship youth sailing initiatives, to further enhance club coach and volunteer development across England over the next three years.

More UK sailing clubs are hoping to be awarded Volvo RYA Champion Club status in 2009 some of whom will be presented their awards at the Volvo RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 7 March 2009.

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