Clevedon are celebrating a double end-of-season celebration. Firstly with confirmation that they have received approval for Registered Charity status, and then success in obtaining their fifth grant award of £10,000 from Sport England towards the purchase of a further grp training gig to add to their growing fleet.
Chairman Andrew Brown commented – “Since our foundation in 2009, the Club has grown at a far faster rate than we ever imagined was possible. This expansion has come at a price and demanded that each year we have had to source and provide more gigs and equipment just to keep pace with our ever increasing membership. As a result there is a constant fight to find the necessary funding in addition to the usual maintenance and replacement costs. We received advice from several quarters that we should consider changing from an Amateur Sports Club into a Charity as a means of becoming better qualified to attract more funding locally towards a worthwhile charitable cause. Equally, we have to thank Sport England for their really magnificent support to our Club over the past six years since their original grant towards building our first traditional gig ‘Watch and Pray’. This latest award will enable us to add a much needed fourth training gig to our fleet, easing the pressure on our racing gigs and giving us that extra capacity we urgently need to keep our regular rowing members happy, also to tackle our future projects, which include attracting and developing many more young rowers from our local schools.”