On Wednesday 11th November Bolton Sailing Club were awarded the esteemed Volvo RYA Champion Club status as recognition of their commitment to youth sailing.

VCC LogoBolton S.C Presentation

Chris Blackburn, the Royal Yachting Association’s (RYA) High Performance Manager for the North and West of England, presented the prestigious award, along with Mike Cosgriff from local Volvo dealership, Hatfields Volvo.

Bolton Sailing Club, based on Belmont Reservoir is recognised as one of the leading sailing clubs in the North of England, and offers a wide range of activities for its members including high level training and a busy racing programme.

The club, which received the RYA North West Top Club award in 2008, is also part of the RYA Onboard scheme which aims to introduce sailing and windsurfing as a sport to 500,000 young people  across the UK . They also have their own Sailability Foundation Club offering facilities for disabled members.

Keith Roberts, Vice-Commodore at Bolton Sailing Club, said on receiving the reward, “It is fantastic to see our efforts in developing Youth Sailing recognised. The support given by Volvo and the RYA in training our young sailors will be very much appreciated”.

Now that Bolton Sailing Club has achieved Volvo RYA Champion Club status the young sailors will see increased levels of advice and professional coaching, including support from the RYA and their local High Performance Manager Chris Blackburn. On presenting the award, Chris said, The volunteers at Bolton SC have put a lot of hard work into developing the Junior training and Racing at the club into a vibrant active and fun environment for the young sailors to learn to race. The award of the Volvo Champion Club status recognises this, and I look forward to continue working with the club developing the next generation of talented young sailors.”

Mike Cosgriff, from Hatfields Volvo in Bury who presented the award alongside Chris Blackburn, said:We are delighted to be presenting this award in recognition of the great work that Bolton Sailing Club has done to help young sailors to develop their racing skills.  Following the success of British sailors at the Beijing Olympics last summer, and with the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, we may well be training future Olympians here in Bolton!”

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.

For more information on Volvo RYA Champion Clubs visit: http://www.rya.org.uk/programmes/volvoryachampionclubs

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Editors Notes:

Image: Mike Cosgriff and Chris Blackburn presenting award to Bolton Sailing Club. Please credit Bolton Sailing Club

Volvo RYA Champion Clubs

More information about the support Volvo RYA Champion Clubs receive:

Recruiting, training and contracting in coaches to support the delivery of club programmes.

Advice and development of the structure of the club programme to optimise the development of young sailors and retain them.

Securing additional financial support resources.

A contracted part time RYA Class Coach to deliver free coaching days at your club

Training of club volunteers to gain their RYA Club Racing Coach qualification

Accreditation. All Volvo RYA Champion Clubs receive the commemorative club plaque, Club Flag and official branding rights

The opportunity to develop links to gain additional financial support

For more information visit – www.rya.org.uk/vcc

Volvo and Sailing

Volvo began its global association with sailing in 1997, since then Volvo Car UK has sponsored sailing in the UK from the grass roots to the pinnacle of the sport. They have developed a sponsorship portfolio that includes Team Volvo for life, Bronze level sponsor of Skandia Team GBR and the Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme, Volvo RYA Champion Clubs and the Volvo Musto Optimist Championships. All the UK sponsorships support the pinnacle of Volvo’s global sponsorship, The Volvo Ocean Race.

For more information visit – www.volvocar.co.uk/sailing

Royal Yachting Association

  • The RYA is recognised by all government offices as being the negotiating body for the activities it represents. It continually fights for the rights and freedoms of its 103,000 personal members, the majority of whom choose to go afloat for purely recreational non-competitive pleasure on coastal and inland waters.
  • It represents a further estimated 500,000 boat owners nationally through its 1600 affiliated clubs and boat owner associations.
  • Olympic and Youth sailing is a beneficiary of the Lottery funded World Class Programmes (WCP) and administered by the Sports Councils. The Programmes focus on performance sport with the aim of achieving sporting excellence on the world stage. Further information can be found on the UK Sport website at www.uksport.gov.uk and Sport England’s website at www.sportengland.org. The Volvo RYA Champion Club Programme and Volvo RYA Keelboat Programme are supported by Volvo.
  • Further information can be found at www.rya.org.uk

Bolton Sailing Club

Bolton Sailing Club was founded in 1952 on Belmont Reservoir and is recognised as one of the foremost Sailing Clubs in the North of England, where it is served by a well-appointed Clubhouse and dinghy park.

From its original four members, it now has a membership of approximately 400 which includes ordinary, family, associate, senior, and junior members.

Belmont Reservoir is located just to the north of Bolton at Belmont Village and provides a large area of open water for interesting sailing.

The Sailing Club is a Recognised RYA Training Centre, OnBoard Club and Sailability Foundation Club. The club is also home to Lancaster University Sailing Club and Pendle Community High School Sailing Group.