National governing body (NGB)

Royal Yachting Association

NGB contact: Sarah Marjoram

The RYA nominates members of the RYA UK Junior Squad or RYA UK Youth Squad, or sailors who are part of a recognised and selected British Youth Sailing international team or squad. The criteria are as follows:

  • Live and train in Great Britain. During the year of nomination sailors must not have represented any other nation at international events.
  • Not in receipt of a TASS award or Lottery funding.
  • Normally, but not exclusively, be aged under 16 on December 31 in the nomination year, though some nominations are reserved for talented youth sailors (who may be over 16).
  • Sailors cannot receive additional nominations based on performances from more than one class.
  • Sailors must be committed to moving into an RYA ‘pathway’ youth class at the appropriate age – i.e. under 16 on the December 31 of the nomination year. If they have not done so by the time of the nominations (autumn) then they are unlikely to be nominated.

It is normal for the RYA to make nominations using performance at Junior Class International events during the summer, these events may be World Championships, European Championships or other international events. 

If sufficient nominations remain, the top ranked eligible boy/open and (all) girl crews in each Youth Class (not in receipt of a TASS award or on the Podium Potential Pathway (P3) or above) based on the RYA UK Youth Squad indicator series may be nominated. The remaining places will be allocated by the RYA Performance Directorate on a discretionary basis, based on their opinion of:

  • Sailors demonstrating the greatest propensity to progress to the Youth and Olympic programmes and win medals.
  • Sailors who will incur significant travel costs by means of participating in an RYA UK Junior or RYA UK Youth Squad Programme (e.g. if they are travelling from Scotland, Northern Ireland or the North of England and the training is south-biased)
  • The best prospects of winning medals at World and European championships now and in the future.
  • The best prospects of winning medals at the Youth World Sailing Championships.
  • The best prospects of successfully following an Olympic pathway.

The nomination process

SportsAid only supports unfunded athletes who are nominated by their sport's national governing body. This ensures the right athletes get the right help at the right time - enhancing the sports' talent development programmes rather than duplicating them. Nominations take place every autumn. You should contact your sport about whether you meet the criteria for the next round of SportsAid awards. Meeting the nomination criteria does not necessarily guarantee a SportsAid award because the charity can only distribute what it has fundraised.

More information

Contact Sarah Marjoram at the RYA -