Explore Rowing Update

Image of Nick Davies officially launching Stourport’s new boat

West Midland-based Stourport Boat Club are the first club to launch a boat funded by Explore Rowing, the British Rowing initiative funded by Sport England, which will encourage greater numbers into the sport.

The three-year long project will see Stourport run two introductory courses allowing newcomers the opportunity to learn to row and enjoy all the benefits that the sport offers at whatever level they wish.

“The idea of this project is to get local people active and we are pleased to be able to provide the boats for the less able or competitive,” said club captain Pete Lashford.

A grant from British Rowing will provide a contribution to the purchase of several stable rowing boats that will enable all ages and abilities to participate in rowing. The project will also support the development of coaches and volunteers, providing funds for coaching qualifications and other training aids such as lifejackets and safety equipment.

The first boat to arrive at the club has been sponsored by Hobsons Brewery of Cleobury Mortimer.

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