Guildford Rowing Club has received planning consent to rebuild its clubhouse and boathouse to bring its facilities up to date and create a sports club which is accessible to all (see Development page). The Club enjoys regular rowing success on rivers and lakes throughout the country and provided members of the successful rowing squads at the Olympic regattas in Beijing and London. A current club member, Rachel Morris, has recently won Gold at the Rio Paralympics (see biography page). The Club has over 200 members including 100 Juniors and an adaptive (disabled) rowing section which has both senior and junior rowers. Facilities for this growing adaptive section are at the core of the proposed rebuild which will provide accessible changing rooms and toilets, an indoor training area, storage for specialist boats and the whole site designed to enable access for all rowers with gentle gradients, extra turning space and safe surfaces. If all goes according to plan the Club hopes to start building in 2018. If anyone would like to know more about Guildford Rowing Club please contact the club via the website.
Guildford Rowing Club A Vision
The Club has a good fleet of boats and equipment and a large number of volunteers who coach, maintain the equipment and tow the trailers to events. Over the last 7 years the Club has developed an Adaptive rowing squad for adults and juniors with a range of disabilities.
Rachel Morris winning Silver at the World Championships 2015 and Helene Raynsford winning Gold in Beijing 2008. Rachel Morris wins Gold in Rio 2016
The Clubhouse, Boathouse and boating area were built by Club members in the 1960s. There are no accessible toilets, changing facilities for the disabled or a suitable land-training area. Half of the boats have to be stored outdoors.
A planning application is being submitted to build a new Clubhouse, Boathouse and boating area which will be accessible to all. The Club has been raising funds for this project and is now in a position to proceed to the next stage.
CAN YOU HELP?
How Can You Help?
We will pay for our project as follows:
- Club funds – 10%
- Sport England (Lottery) – 25%
- British Rowing – 10%
- Other sources – 55%
The estimated cost of the project is £650,000
You can help by:
- A donation
- Sponsorship of a squad, or event
- In kind by providing a service or materials
In return the Club can:
- Provide team building days at the Club using our boats equipment and expert coaches
- Carry advertising on boats, clothing and ancillary equipment such as boat trailers
- Ensure positive publicity through association with our inclusive and successful Club
- For information regarding sponsorship opportunities contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are able to help, or wish to learn more about Guildford Rowing Club please contact the Club Chairman:
Telephone: 01483 229184