Steve Joel said, "In Simon and Duncan we have two first class squad managers. I very much look forward to working with both of them in their new roles to ensure that the RYA consistently provides the very best support to our leading junior and youth sailors to assist them to achieve greater success in the international arena."
"This job offers a tremendous challenge and opportunity to develop GBR's leading youth sailors and to assist the top youth performers in making the transition into GBR Olympic sailing. I am looking forward to taking our youth programmes to the next level", said Simon.
Duncan commented, "I relish the opportunity to work with our national junior coaches, class associations and leading junior sailors to ensure that the RYA continues to feed world class junior sailors into the youth programme during the coming years."
Both Simon and Duncan will be stepping up from their positions as High Performance Managers (HPM) in the South and South West Junior Zones where they have been responsible for supporting clubs, nurturing talented junior sailors and assisting our leading sailors to achieve success. Both will commence their roles from 12 May.
As a result of their appointments, the RYA is now seeking to appoint a new HPM to cover the South and South West Zones. Details on the new position are available from the RYA Website.
The appointments have been made as a result of a review of the RYA's youth staffing, as part of an overall review of the RYA Junior and Youth Programmes involving the RYA recognised class associations, national coaches and a number of the key youth racing clubs. The staffing review proposed a number of changes including:
- Re-focusing the role of the HPM into solely delivering zone based responsibilities.
- Appointing a new National Junior Squad Manager to manage the RYA National Junior Squad Programmes who shall be dedicated to consistently developing World Class junior sailors.
-Making the RYA Youth Squads Manager and National Youth Coaches responsible for organising small group training and delivering one to one work with the leading youth sailors.
The refocusing of the HPM role has resulted in a need for fewer English High Performance Managers to deliver the RYA's zone based activity. As a consequence, Colin Murray will become responsible for the South East Zone in addition to the East Zone; the new appointment will manage the South and South West Zones; and Jane Clague and Gerry Ball will continue to manage the West and North Zones respectively.
John Derbyshire, RYA Racing Manager commented on the staffing review, "I am confident that with the new appointments and staff structure changes we are announcing today, we can ensure that the RYA will be able to increase junior and youth racing participation and achieve greater international success. The changes will also ensure that the RYA is better placed to deal with future funding reductions that are expected in 2005 and beyond following the recent decline in lottery ticket sales."