Although it’s possible for rowing clubs to operate without a building, almost all have a boathouse. And for the majority of clubs in Britain that have long histories, there comes a time when the ‘old shed’ is no longer fit for purpose. The only way these clubs can keep going, never mind expand their activities, is to invest in a refurbishment, extension or even a full rebuild.
However, hard times and the decline of central government funding mean that clubs need to be agile and creative in developing and funding infrastructure projects. Zoe Gullen talks to several clubs about the imaginative approaches they used to fund their schemes
Planning for success
Drawing up a clear and realistic plan, which is both affordable and can be completed within a reasonable time frame, is essential. British Rowing Facilities Service can help with this as part of its remit to assist clubs in developing facilities; areas where it can assist range from negotiating leases to putting together funding proposals.(more…)