We are fundraising to build specialised facilities for our disabled students (showers, toilets etc) but all our students
Thank you to everyone who recently supported our crowdfunding campaign we raised in excess of £21,000 !!
The LRYSA is a fully inclusive Charity run by Volunteer Instructors, with the aim to make sailing accessible to the whole community, regardless of their mental or physical abilities, age or background. We have a strong reputation and many years’ experience working with vulnerable young people and are the only RYA Sailability accredited Centre in Leicestershire.
All Instructors are trained to high RYA standards and we rely on local funding to be able to maintain these qualifications and also the level of boats and equipment we need to safely offer our services at a very low cost or often free to our most vulnerable groups.
We offer dinghy sailing courses from age 7 to 80+ for all abilities (complete novices to advanced race training) and work closely with Disadvantaged Groups. As well as RYA Sailing Courses, we also run RYA Power Boat and Safety Boat Courses.
CURRENT COURSES RUNNING .... Feel free to Contact Us with any questions
We are now open on Sundays for those with their Level 1&2 Qualifications (9.30am to 1pm) £10/session
FREE Taster Sessions - 25th/26th May 2019 - 10am to 4pm - please contact us to book your slot to avoid waiting
We will be offering free taster sessions of 1 hour to anyone from the local community from 8 years old to 80 who would like to try sailing, accompanied by one of our fully qualified instructors. We can provide you with buoyancy aids, wet suits and helmets.
New to Sailing? check out one of our courses ...
Age 8 to 18: RYA Sailing Stage 1 & 2: Weekly attendance on Saturdays (ongoing)
Age 8 to 18: RYA Sailing Stage 1 & 2: 5 Day Course (Starts 5th August OR 12th August 2019)
Adult: RYA Sailing Level 1 & 2: Weekly attendance (x 6) on Saturdays (Next course startis 11 May 2019)
Adult: RYA Safety Boat Course: 2 day attendance (20/21st April)
Adult: RYA Power Boat Level 1 & 2: 2 day attendance (4/5th May OR 11/12th May 2019)
Over 55s: RYA Level 1 & 2: Relaxed attendance on Tuesdays!! Anyone actually welcome!
Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested or want some more information ....some of our Volunteer Roles available:
Sailing Instructors: We can help if some of your qualifications are out of date
Power Boat Drivers: To help us with Safety cover
On-Shore Volunteers: Especially if you have experience of working with vulnerable children (severely disabled, blind or autistic children)
Admin & Marketing Volunteers: creating marketing materials (such as flyers), social media, contacting local groups & businesses and helping us spread the Word!!
General Volunteers: we can always find you something to do!!
Activities take place on John Merricks Lake located in Leicestershire (LE7 1PD)
Details of Courses & Dates + More Information about Sailing
A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE RECENTLY SUPPORTED US ......
Feb-19: Bruce Wake Charity - £10,000 (new facilities)
Jan-19: Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) - £2,100 (towards sessions for autistic children)
Dec-18: L&R Community Foundation: Private Donor - £1,500 (New container for site)
Sep-18: Samworth Brothers - £5,670 (New equipment + volunteer expenses)
Jun-18: L&R Community Foundation: Private Donor - £2,000 (Bell Boat items)
Nov-17: Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) - £1,580 (towards sessions for autistic children)
Oct-17: Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons - £1,000 (new wet suits & helmets)
Jul-17: Mayor's Charity Appeal Fund - £1,200 (New gates for JML Compound)
Jun-17: Hinckley & Rugby Building Society - £50 (Dragon's Den Runner Up)
Dec-16/Aug-17: LCC SHIRE Community Grant - £1,652 (enabling sailing activities for vulnerable people)
Jan-17: Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF) - £600 (Training Sessions for Achieve with Us)
Dec-16: Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) - £2,830 (Training new Instructors)
Sep-16: John Merrick's Sailing Trust - £6,000 (Fencing for JML Compound)
May-16: Sport England Small Grants - £4,746 (Purchase Xenon Boat, Trailer + Main Sail)
SOME OF OUR RECENT AWARDS (View more here)
Nov-2018: Hinckley and Bosworth Sport and Health Alliance SPORTS AWARDS 2018
WINNER! Outstanding Contribution to Sport in Leicestershire: The LRYSA
WINNER! Junior Volunteer of the Year: Heather Smith
Nov-2017: Hinckley and Bosworth Sport and Health Alliance SPORTS AWARDS 2017
WINNER! Young Volunteer of the Year: Dominic Skeat
Runner Up! Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Harry Whitelegg
Runner Up! Club of the Year: The LRYSA
Nov-2016: Hinckley and Bosworth Sport and Health Alliance SPORTS AWARDS 2016
WINNER! Young Disabled Sports Person: Edward Green
WINNER! Coach of the Year: Colin Magee
All courses are run to Royal Yachting Association (RYA) standards and all Instructors hold RYA Qualifications. The RYA undertakes an inspection of our activities each year. View RYA 2019 affiliated certificate here.
Please help us to raise funds for our new Facilities
RYA Stage 1 & 2 Sailing
(Age 8 to 16)
Ongoing on Saturdays
5 day course
5th-9th August 2019
12th-16th August 2019
RYA Level 1 & 2 Sailing
(6 x Saturdays)
starts 11 May 2019
Sailors with Level 1&2
RYA Level 1 & 2 Sailing
March to November 2019
RYA Safety boat Course
20-21 April 2019
RYA Powerboat Course
4-5 May 2019
11-12 May 2019