Minister vows to help club hit its fundraising goal
THE effect of the 2012 Olympic legacy could not be clearer than at Gloucester Rowing Club – and it is on track to build a facility fit for the boom in interest.
Already £700,000 of a £1.7 million project for a new boathouse for the club, Gloucester Canoe Club and schools and colleges has been raised.
On Wednesday, Olympic and Sport Minister Hugh Robertson met officials of the clubs to assure them all will be done to help the club hit the fundraising target.
"We're making steady progress towards a new boathouse on a fantastic stretch of water and the minister endorses their bid for Sport England cash to help," said Gloucester MP Richard Graham.
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The rowing club, founded in 1846, is the fifth oldest in the country and has been at its boathouse on the eastern side of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal since at least 1905.
But that quarter-acre site is past its best, so the club is moving around 200 yards to a new two-acre plot on the other side of the canal.
With £200,000 raised by the Gloucestershire Playing Fields Association, the sports' governing bodies, the clubs and the city council to allow the purchase of the land, another £500,000 has been raised with the help of £250,000 from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust. Now the club is waiting on £500,000 from Sport England.
Rowing club chairman, John Ghana, said membership had doubled since the London 2012 Olympics when millions saw rowers like Nailsworth's Peter Reed strike gold.
"We have put 200 people through the learn-to-row course and another starts in September," he said.
"Retained membership has grown by 50 per cent and our junior membership is the highest we have ever had."
Groundworks have started and building should begin in January.