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Our club has no clubhouse, changing rooms, meeting spaces or any storage for its equipment. Our volunteers store the club’s boats, paddles, buoyancy aids and safety equipment in the garages of a friendly business and bring them a 17mile round trip to every training session. This limits the number of boats our club can own, and the travelling means they quickly start to need repair. We get changed in the open car park whatever the weather (and we train on the river all year round)! The adults are used to it, but our younger members get cold more easily and should really have a bit of privacy!
This year we have secured a Sports England grant and local council planning permission to build a boat store in the park – building work will start in January 2018. This is brilliant news: it will allow our club to grow as more boats are bought, as well as increase the longevity of our equipment.