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25 Nov 2015

Mike Jones is honoured with an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award

Nov HRH Award Mike Jones

Staunton Harold Sailing Club’s Mike Jones was honoured with an RYA Outstanding Contribution Award by sailing’s national governing body, which recognises individuals who have made a significant volunteer contribution to their club or organisation, either over a period of time or a ‘one-off’ effort.

Mike, 70, has been a Staunton Harold member for around nine years and has used his extensive professional experience to help the club attract and keep more sailors. He played a major role in helping to improve the club’s facilities, developing fundraising application securing more than £140,000 over the past six years to invest in changing facilities, training rooms, boathouse facilities, a committee boat, safety and training craft and new club dinghies.

He has helped develop modern club branding, including a new logo, clothing and signage, while improving internal communications through using forums, email and social media and external communications by distributing flyers and information packs to potential new members. Mike also helps to coordinate club open days, and his clear vision and unstinting determination were key elements in Staunton Harold being named RYA Club of the Year in 2014.

Mike was nominated for the award by Staunton Harold SC and selected as a winner by the RYA Awards panel.

Duncan Truswell, RYA Sport Development Manager, said: “The RYA Volunteer Awards are our opportunity to say 'thank you’, on behalf of clubs and associations that affiliate to the RYA, to their volunteers, the people that really make a difference to help people get afloat. It’s our opportunity to take a bit of time out to appreciate the commitment these individuals make to the sport in helping people get afloat safely and enjoyably."

For more information about the RYA Volunteer Awards visit www.rya.org.uk/go/RYAVolunteerAwards