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Olympic legacy cash boost for Bourne End sailing club
A SAILING club in Bourne End have received a huge cash boost from an Olympic legacy initiative to pay for a major refurbishment.
Upper Thames Sailing Club (UTSC), based on the Thames, has secured £50,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England to update their century-old clubhouse.
The money, part of £40million awarded nationally as part of the Inspired Facilities Fund, will allow the club to refit changing areas and bring facilities up to a 21st century standard.
UTSC Commodore Bruce James said “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to modern standards and continue to train and support local young sailors.
“We have several past and current national champions among our membership, and have junior members competing at national events this summer.”
The club is featured in a Sport England list of more than 1,300 sports projects across the country as part of its Olympic and Paralympic legacy programme.
Although refurbishment work has been undertaken over the years, the money will allow UTSC to install new showers and non-slip flooring, improved insulation and a heat pump for renewable energy.
MP Dominic Grieve has added his support. He said: “I am delighted to see this award by Sport England to Upper Thames Sailing Club.
“This is a long-established club which continues to thrive and this money is an investment in young people for today and for the future.”
The club holds regular taster sessions for local schools and open days for people to try out the sport.
Staff hope the investment will lead to an increase in membership and more people getting involved in the Olympic sport.
For more information about the club visit the website, www.utsc.org.uk
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