Since the program began in 2007, over 3000 kids have been involved in Tackers in Victoria. The number of clubs hosting Tackers has increased from 3 to 10 with many more regional clubs benefiting from the Mobile Tackers Fleet. Each Tackers Centre has a dedicated Tackers Co-ordinator many of which are volunteers and teams of Assistant Instructors and Instructors. There are now 74 Instructors and Assistant Instructor working at Tackers Centres to deliver the programs. Tackers Centres meet quarterly to review the programs and find out new information and approaches to improving the way the program is marketed and delivered.
Tackers Centres are provided with Instructor and Assistant Instructor uniforms, a range of promotional materials, Tackers banners, Tackers certificates, Tackers off-water activity sheets, stickers, name badges, support documents to effectively administer the program, Instructor Manuals for each level of the program, and advertising templates. All the materials have been specifically designed for Tackers. YV develops and monitors the programs and works with clubs to assist them with getting the most out of being a Tackers Centre.
Tackers is best summarised through the Tackers Mission & Values
To attract an increased number of primary school aged children to sailing, have them participate in an initial fun sailing experience and progress on the sailing development pathway to a further Learn to Sail program, non-competitive participation, and long term club membership at Yachting Australia affiliated clubs.
(1) Kids Centric
(2) Non-competitive, fun, & social
(3) Delivered by Yachting Australia qualified Instructors & Assistant Instructors
(4) Program consistency across locations
(5) Branded modern presentation
(6) Target kids outside of existing yacht club membership
(7) Value for money relative to programs in other sports
(8) Graduated pathway over several steps & seasons
There is an opportunity for a further 3 clubs to become Tackers Centres in the 2011/2012 Season. In order for the new Tackers Centre to complete all the preparation needed to start the program for the coming season, applications must be received by July 1st. An Information & Application Guide with all the information about becoming a Tackers Centre can be obtained by contacting Daisy Brooke (Sport Development Manager, Yachting Victoria) email: Dbrooke@yachtingvictoria.com.au or telephone 04 2934 7395.