We are looking to make rowing more accessible to the community
New Clubhouse Project
For the club to continue to develop and thrive, we need to build a new modern boathouse. Our current facilities don’t provide enough storage for our equipment, space for club-wide events or appropriate facilities for disabled and mobility-impaired people. Rowing requires land-based training year round and we don’t have space to offer these sessions in a safe and inviting way. We are keen to offer use of our boathouse to local community groups, some of which have been identified in our Community Engagement Plan, however this is not currently possible due to the inadequate facilities.The project will provide fit-for-purpose dedicated facilities, meeting demand, significantly increasing participation in the sport, inspiring those who row, opening up the club to new users and providing space for social and community activities. All this will be housed within an iconic new-build clubhouse, prominently located on the banks of the Thames.
Crucially, the new boathouse is designed to be ‘flood-resilient’, ensuring minimum disruption should the river overflow.
The existing clubhouse will be demolished and in its place an exciting new clubhouse will be constructed. The new facilities will include:
A large boat storage area on the ground floor
A specific area for storage of launch boats and workshop area
Male and female changing room and toilet facilities (including disabled facilities)
A weights and training area
A first-floor club area
Bar area and kitchen
This £800,000 project is reliant on securing grant funding to meet the shortfall in costs from our existing fundraising.
Since starting this project we have raised over £400,000. We are expecting a further £60,000 from a bequest taking us to near the 50% mark of our target. Most of this has been raised through our membership, family and friends. But we are now looking to widen our fundraising activities to local company sponsorship and grant applications.
In the age of austerity grants are significantly less available. However we have submitted a large application to London Marathon Charitable Trust Fund. We are happy to have received approval to proceed to the second stage of this process. Over the coming 12 months we also plan to apply for grants from the following;
Surrey County Council
Veolia Landfill Trust
Other smaller grant awarding bodies
Over the last three years we have raised money through various activities including our very own Olympian Dinner, 24hr Row, parachute jump ….
This year we launched the first Squad Off competition. Each squad has been asked to compete to see who can raise the most money for the club through one event or initative. The Leisure Rowers kicked this off with a magnificent Family Fun Day, raising £2000. Other squads are planning a Quiz Night, Tomato Fight, Boys Night Out to name but a few!
We also have a member who raised over £1000 as he successfully the Thames Path Challenge which is a 100km run!
Help us raise £800,000
We are looking for sponsors and supporters to enable our vision to become a reality.
If you like to give a donation follow the link to our JustGiving site below. Thanks!