Sailing for Kids aged 8 to 18

Saturday Morning Kids Club for Beginners

Weekly - 9.00am to 12.30pm - £10 / week

Saturday Youth Advance / Race Training

Weekly - 9.00am to 12.30pm - £10 /week

Summer Holiday Courses 2021

5 day course - £175 

2-6 August 2021:  FULL

9-13 August 2021:  Beginners to Stage 1&2 and  Advanced to Stage 3&4

Sailing for Adults 18+ 

8 Week RYA Level 1 & 2 Course

Saturdays x 8 - 1pm to 4pm - £250 / course

Next Courses:

Start TBC for 8 weeks

Sailing for Adults 55+ 

Relaxed RYA Level 1 & 2 Course

Tuesdays 9.30am to 1pm - £10 / week

Powerboat RYA Level 1 & 2 Course 

2 Days: 18/19th Sptember 2021

Safetyboat RYA Level 1 & 2 Course 

2 Days: TBC

All courses include instruction from our highly trained RYA Instructors plus the boat & safety equipment (wetsuit, buoyancy aids, helmets) that you will need to enjoy your time on the water.

 Please feel free to email us for more details or if you'd like to register for one of our courses

Activities take place on John Merricks Lake located in North Watermead Park, Syston, Leicester.  

The LRYSA (The Leicestershire & Rutland Youth Sailing Association) is a registered Charity 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 are fundraising to build specialised facilities for our disabled students (showers, toilets etc) but all our students

will benefit!  


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Sailing Instructors:  We can help if some of your qualifications are out of date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!!

Details of Courses & Dates + More Information about Sailing

Feel free to Contact Us with any questions


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)


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.