GRC has received planning consent to rebuild its Clubhouse!
With planning consent from Guildford Borough Council, the Rowing Club plans to develop a new Clubhouse to bring its facilities up-to-date and create a sports club accessible to all.
Guildford Rowing Club, a vision for the future
The Club enjoys successes at both amateur and international level, with Olympic rowing gold medals won in both Beijing and Rio. Rachel Morris MBE, a current member, recently won Gold at the Rio Paralympics (see Biography page).
Helene Raynsford, Gold, Beijing 2008
Rachel Morris, Gold, Rio 2016
The Club has over 200 members, including 100 juniors and an adaptive (disabled) rowing squad of both adults and juniors with a range of disabilities which has grown through the help of volunteers over the past decade.
The current Clubhouse, Boathouse and boating area were built by Club members in the late 1950s. There are no accessible toilets or changing facilities or suitable land training areas. Our fleet of boats, including our lottery-granted, specialist adaptive boats, has outgrown our Boathouse and are stored outside.
The current Rowing Club, built in the 50s
The proposed, inclusive Clubhouse
Facilities for supporting young and adaptive talent are at the core of the project. We will provide up-to-date indoor training facilities, accessible changing rooms and toilets, indoor storage for specialist equipment and a site designed for inclusive access with gentle gradients, extra turning space and safe surfaces.
A planning application has been submitted for the proposed, inclusive facilities, with an aim to start the build in 2018. This will enable us to raise funds and finesse the details of the project. If you would like to know more about Guildford Rowing Club and how you can get involved in our project, please get in touch via the contact page.
Can you help?
We will pay for our project as follows:
10% Club funds
25% Sport England (Lottery)
10% British Rowing
55% Other sources
The estimated cost of the project is £650,000
You can help by:
Contributing a donation
Sponsorship of a squad or event
Providing a service or materials in kind for the project
In return the Club can:
Provide team building days at the Club using our boats and expert coaches.
Carry advertising on boats, clothing & equipment, such as boat trailers.
Ensure positive publicity through association with our inclusive and successful Club.
Want to know more?
Please contact the Club Chairman