Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Minerva awarded 50K Sport England grant!

The stars must be aligned for Bath’s only rowing club, last week they won Bath and North East Somerset’s Club of the Year award and this week Sport England confirmed a grant of £50,000 has been awarded to them under their ‘Inspired Facilities’ funding. The award will pay towards much needed facilities development, adding running water, loos and showers to the site.  The club, currently home to 120 members plus Bath University’s Crew Bath, is also home to one of just 10 world class start teams and was where London 2012 gold medallist Helen Glover learnt to row, but has just a single portaloo available to them 50m away in the car park.  The team working on the bid have had a number of setbacks in trying to progress access to fresh water and sewerage and at each step of the way so far have been helped by local businesses. Local water provider Wessex Water has promised to assist in helping provide the mains connections once the team are able to identify if they can connect to the nearest point believed to be situated by neighbour, The Boathouse pub. Wessex chairman, Colin Skellett, said he was delighted to hear the news and to be able to assist.

Don Foster, MP, said, “This is great news for Minerva - Bath’s only rowing club - whose hard working and passionate members are determined to make the sport of rowing accessible to all in our community. This significant funding boost will allow Minerva  to make much needed improvements to the club’s facilities.”

Chairman Elaine Hoyes, said, “To have a shower, loo and running water at Minerva Bath Rowing Club will be a dream come true. These are basic needs that we take for granted but you really miss them when you don’t have them. It is amazing how close we are to other properties and yet how complicated and expensive it is to connect such basic services to our site but I think our team spirit and desire to win things is certainly coming through in this project!  Now thanks to Sport England this injection of funding will help us to further develop this successful and friendly club and keep our sport open to everyone who wants to be a part of it. That can only be a good thing for the people of Bath..”

Work will start following a visit by Sport England to go over plans with the club. For further information please go to the website www.minervabathrc.org.uk

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