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Posted on: November 18th 2019

Pupil Selected for Royal Yachting Association UK Junior Squad

Joseph Warwicker’s selection for this squad recognises his potential to progress within the British Sailing Team, with the aim of winning selection for our UK Youth Squads (if not already in the Youth Squad) or beyond in to our Olympic Development programmes. Joseph has been selected on the basis of performance and commitment to a programme of training and competition over a period of several years, and establishes his status as a UK Squad sailor who we hope will represent Great Britain at major international events in the forthcoming years.

Image3As Joseph progresses through the performance pathway, the expectations and necessary commitment required to achieve desired performance objectives increases significantly.  Indeed, training weekends are generally intense and involve a range of activity including time on the water, fitness training, class room based theory sessions and work with specialist support staff and coaches.

Balancing education and high performance sport often present individuals with several challenges that might include:

·         Time restrictions due to regular training and competition

·         Long hours travelling

·         The mental distraction of an upcoming event or recent result

·         Calendar ‘hotspots’ where a sailing event clashes with exams or revision time

·         Missing out socially with peers and other extracurricular activities

As an organisation we value the contribution of your school in Joseph’s continued development as an individual and a talented athlete, and would like to reinforce our intent to provide each sailor with opportunities designed to develop the skills, qualities and experiences required to succeed in all facets of their life.  Indeed, sailing promotes a range of transferable skills related but not limited to communication, organisation, leadership and planning. 

This letter is designed to provide you with an awareness of Joseph’s current status and increased visibility of his related commitments in sailing.  Sailing embodies a culture of empowerment and therefore we encourage our sailors to take personal responsibility for communicating with their school.  However, we ask that Joseph is offered any support or flexibility you can muster to enable him to both fulfil his academic ambitions and also excel at sailing.  

Please be assured that we continue to make every effort to coordinate our activities such that any clashes with school time, when they occur, are minor and unavoidable.

Information relating to the UK Squad programme can be accessed on the following website: www.rya.org.uk/racing/youthjunior

Thank you for your continued support.

Mark Nicholls

RYA Youth Racing Manager

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