Regional Development News

This workshop was well attended with over 44 delegates participating in an interactive feedback forum. The session kicked off with Gail MacAllister outlining the various functions of the Regional Development Unit and what they can do for member clubs and gave a brief introduction to all the ISA Initiatives. Dave Ballesty from Wicklow Sailing Club then gave a very entertaining case study of how Wicklow Sailing Club benefited greatly from utilising the Cara na Mara Programme & Sailspree and why both initiatives helped increase participation. The next part of the session got everyone in the room to give their own opinion on each of the ISA Initiatives and looked at it from a perspective under 3 headings:
 GREEN What works Well and Why?
 ORANGE What queries or challenges do you have in relation to this initiative? 
 RED Why do you not use the initiative? 

There was a separate page then to look at exploring new initiatives or general suggestions for anything pertaining to Development within the ISA. This had quite a wide range of topics and both results and answers are detailed below.

Some of the new ideas that came from the floor and will be looked into further by the New Participation Policy Group were:

  • ICRA's CREWPOINT is a great initiative to link potential new entrants to good racing boats
  • Increase the amount of Sailfleet Dinghies available to clubs.

  • Create regular Open evening Member Forums.

  • Clubs Introduce “Try Sailing” Membership Rate.

  • Build up the number of Race Management Teams.

  • Build up the Competence of the Race Management Teams

  • Dublin Bay requires younger Race Officials.

  • Create an Inter-generational dinghy team racing competition.

  • ISA organise between the sailing levels – Coaching and use resources such as Utube.

  • At Cost Training is an excellent “Big Picture” attitude.

  • Love the idea of Round Ireland Initiative from WSC – 9 year olds saving €100 per month to put in a campaign.

  • Create Regional Clusters for Clubs similar and near each other to promote collaboratively on initiatives.

  • Build a Small Club Network that helps resource and produce things together.

  • Social Media Training Roadshow free for all the clubs to do workshops.

  • Open Days for new members

  • Promote Adult Dinghy Sailing

Action Plan summary is here.

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