About the Futures project
The Futures Project is highly important for the entire marine leisure sector. Early in 2017 British Marine, the marine industry trade association, commissioned Rushall Marketing to analyse the potenital market trends affecting the future customer for boating and watersports.
The project remit included analysing all existing published data on participation trends and assessing changes in consumer buying habits that will likely affect the leisure boating sector. As well as benchmarking with other leisure pursuits, the report made a series of recommendations for the industry.
Christened the Futures Project, the final report is a substantial document with a section for each activity and includes recommendations for British Marine to take forward with its member companies and other governing bodies. The RYA and British Canoeing supported the project with access to data.
Together with the RYA Sport Participation Team we are running a series of webinars and conference presentations for sailing clubs, to help understand and respond to the Futures Report implications for sailing, and membership clubs.
Webinars & resources
Training – Look to the Future
Keynote presentation for the first virtual RYA Training Conference, Jan 2021
This keynote covers the social and consumer trends most relevant to the future for the training people to enjoy boating, sailing and watersports, including:
- updated participation trends (inc. Arkenford 2019 data)
- the social and consumer trends influencing how people are choosing to spend their leisure time
- significant changes in how younger people assimilate information,
- changes in learning styles and how people want to try activities, without long courses and certificates
Finishing with key implications and asking what changes the training sector needs to make to compete with the multitude of outdoor and leisure activities available.
Look to the Future!
Keynote presentation delivered at the RYA Affiliated Clubs Conferences South and East events, November 2018.
This Keynote talk summarises boating participation, and the pertinent consumer trends affecting how people spend their time. It highlights the challenges for clubs facing issues of falling memberships, and the importance of retaining existing members whilst attracting new members.
This talk offers some frameworks and strategies to use for planning change and adapting your club for a sustainable future.
Download the slides. RYA Club Conferences Keynote – Liz Rushall
The Future of Sailing – participation and consumer trends. Webinar #1
First delivered at the RYA Dinghy Show, 2018, this RYA webinar summarises the participation and social trends affecting all sailing – cruising, racing dinghy and yachting.
Plus, insights into the consumer and social trends affecting the leisure and purchase habits of the younger generations.
A look at how sailing needs to compete with other activities and improve our overall marketing is also included.
Pay on Demand Sailing – RYA Webinar #2
In this second RYA Webinar, three sailing clubs share their experience of setting up and running ‘pay on demand’ boating for their members and new members.
Fascinating case studies from Cransley SC, Itchenor SC, Emsworth SC all with different core objectives and models. With a brief introduction from Liz Rushall summarising the main trends and concerns affecting clubs and their future members.
Download the slides and case studies: Futures Webinar No 2 Exploring ‘Pay on demand’
Offering alternative activities – RYA Webinar #3
This webinar looks at offering different activities as a way to attract and engage more members. Research shows that many sports are adapting their formats for people with less time, or for different generations to participate. Golf Sixes is a shorter version of the game and Walking Football has been introduced for the over 50s. Also. it discusses the type of activities that younger generations are looking for.
In this webinar three sailing clubs share their insights on launching new initiatives and innovative activities to meet changing demands.
Build club membership with effective marketing communications – RYA webinar #4
Hear three sailing clubs demonstrate how using effective marketing and communications, with traditional means, social media, websites and the latest online tools and apps, can result in a significant boost to membership.
Enlightening talks from Dartmouth Yacht Club, St. Denys Boat Club and South Staffordshire Sailing Club with input from the team of Liz Rushall, Mark Jardine and Alistair Dickson.
Talking to the young generation – Live at the Dinghy Show 2019
Our young panel at the RYA Dinghy Show debated the Future of Sailing. Hear from Olympic medallist Luke Patience, why he got into sailing and the importance of having fun. Youth sailor Henry Jameson speaks about the challenges of time, and Hannah Cockle explains why she would find pay on demand sailing a way to get off her bike and back afloat again. Fireball sailor Sophia Benson talks about how she started sailing later in life and the importance of social media as a means of communicating.
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