Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tony Thresher stepped down as Coaching Co-ordinator at the end of 2016 and we have a new team in place.

Mark and Linda Lee, with Jon Clarke assisting will co-ordinate coaching in 2017. Mark is a NSCA coach, circuit regular and front of the fleet sailor while Linda did an administrative role for Simon Jones a few years ago. Jon Clarke is a regular coach and also a top helm so we have a great team in place.

We hope to simplify the trainee paperwork to a one sided A4 page which will be a downloadable PDF. While previously all training was free, there has been occasion when lack of coach availability resulted in cancelled training.

We hope that with this inducement, coaching availability will increase. Participating in a training day will hopefully enhance your weekly club race or Open meeting result.

Below we have set out a simple system to assist your fleet captain or club organiser. Ideally we need approximately 8 trainees to justify holding a training day.

1. The fleet captain or organiser contacts the coaching co-ordinator to arrange a date.

2. The fleet captain/organiser gets the trainees to download/print/ fill in and return the relevant form to the coaching co-ordinator, no later than two weeks before the event. If less than 8 entries have been received the coach can cancel the event.

3. The coaching co-ordinator contacts all coaches via email and the list of available coaches is sent to the fleet captain/organiser to choose (NSCA or Non).

4. Once date and coach are in place the forms are sent to the coach to ascertain the trainees requirements.

5. Coaches collect the trainee fee on the day and claim out of pocket expenses from NSCA. The coaching list has NSCA and “pro” coaches. The fee charged by the “pro” coach may differ from the NSCA coach fee which has been set at £10 per trainee. If a “pro” coach is chosen then they will set the required fee per trainee.

The fee has been set to ensure there is incentive for NSCA coaches which should ensure all possible training days can be covered. It is up to the individual club if non NSCA members can participate, if they do then a fee of £20 has been set.

We have NSCA coaches across the UK, so please make use of them. For £10 you will possibly learn more in one day than in a whole season.

Please contact Mark and Linda Lee at; [email protected]

The Solo Association are always looking for ways to move the class forward for the members. The Solo class has a very high calibre of sailors moving through the class and use this talent whenever possible to help all Solo Class sailors improve. Putting a number of top solo sailors though the RYA Class coaching course has given all class members an increased opportunity to attend structured coaching days. They are available to all clubs on request. The coaches will tailor a training day to the different participant's level of sailing, whether they be new to the class and perhaps new to racing or high level sailors competing in national competitions, or anything inbetween. The overall aim is that every participant will find the day of benefit and enjoy the experience. The Solo Association also run Training Days the day before some major events, which gives competitors the chance to adapt to the venue and polish up their sailing skills. Guest speakers also attend some events. If you feel that there might not be sufficient sailors within your club to warrant running a training day, why not consider a joint training day with a nearby Solo club or opening the day up to non Club members?

To request a training day at your club, please email Mark Lee with some preferred dates and an estimate of numbers and he will email you with available coaches.

Will Loy

President NSCA


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