WORK is underway on Stratford Boat Club’s new home.
The £440,000 project will see new indoor training facilities, an office, more storage and better changing rooms at the club’s Victorian boathouse on the banks of the Avon. A 1960’s extension will be demolished and a large glass balcony
built overlooking the river.
The club where Paralympic gold medalist James Roe learned how to row has seen interest in the sport rocket since the London Olympics in 2012.
The revamp will enable the club to tackle its waiting list of 200 potential junior members keen to take to the water as the popularity of rowing continues to grow.
The project, which has been two years in the planning, has been financially backed with grants from Stratford Town Trust, Sport England, and British Rowing.
Club members and other supporters have also helped raise more than £225,000.
Club treasurer Paul Hazelwood said: “We are proud of how all members of the club and benefactors who have raised over £225,000 towards the refurbishment and expansion through the good guardianship and prudent use of club funds, together with the massive fund-raising efforts, such as the 24 hour ergothon, barn dance, quiz nights, socials and other great events and generosity of donors.
“However, we still need more funds to complete the refurbishment, expansion and final fit out and we are looking to local and regional corporate organisations to help us to achieve our goal of increased access to sport for all in Stratford and the district”
The revamp is expected to be completed in March.
Visit www.stratford-rowing.co.uk for further details.