RYA Champion Club

The School has been operating for a number of years as both a British Canoeing and Royal Yachting Associating (RYA) Training Centre, and the successful application in 2014 for RYA Champion Club status, now brings the Centre into alignment with the whole school ethos, ‘to be the best small school in Britain’.


RYA Champion Clubs are recognized as being ‘Centres of Excellence’ for junior race training and racing and many form the very foundation of the British Sailing Teams. Since the inception of the original Volvo RYA Champion Club programme in 1997, the scheme has recognized, promoted and invested in clubs which have continually introduced young people into sail racing and encouraged them to progress via good quality race training in a safe and fun environment.

In order to gain RYA Champion Club status, Windermere School has had to show that it not only introduces young people into racing, but also that it develops their enthusiasm and talent. A measure of this success is the number of young sailors gaining places in the RYA Zone / Home Country Squads. The school had already received confirmation that one of its students had been selected for the RYA Intermediate Topper Squad and recently the school was pleased to announce that eight of its students have confirmed places in the RS Feva XL North/West RYA Zone Squad. One of the Junior Sailors has been selected to train with the RS Tera North/West winter training through the Tera Association.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Youth Racing Manager, says: “These Champion Clubs are rightly recognized as the very foundations of our performance programmes, not only providing great coaching, advice and support, but also as those locations which provide great places for young people to have fun, alongside learning to sail, race and develop their enthusiasm for competitive sailing and thereby progress within the sport.”

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