Newhaven Gig Club have secured a grant from Rampion Community Benefit Fund
Based in Sussex, a key part of their strategy for creating a sustainable club has always been to own a plastic gig as they are more suited to everyday use and training than using wooden ‘racing’ boats, and in paticular their gig ‘Amelie’.
Plastic gigs are more durable and less labour-intensive to maintain. Newhaven have already been incredibly fortunate to benefit from ‘Club-in-a-box’ – an initiative set up by the CPGA, Sports England, St Austell’s Brewery, British Rowing and GigRower.co.uk, and were loaned Seven Stars Tribute Gig for a year. As well as helping to get more people out on the water, Seven Stars Tribute Gig, has allowed Newhaven to keep rowing and raising funds whilst carrying out much needed maintenance on Amelie.
This scheme is to help new club’s to get up and running and runs for 12months so this will eventually be handed back to the CPGA. Knowing how important a second boat is for the club, earlier this year they applied for grant funding through Sussex Giving. Our bid was matched with the the Rampion Community Benefit Fund who offer grants of up to £10k to support projects with links to environment and ecology, climate change and energy, and improved community facilities. This was successful with Newhaven being awarded funding by Rampion to buy their very own training gig.
They wish to thank everyone who’s put time and effort into getting the club to this point, with many people having helped in so many ways. A huge step forward in securing the future for Newhaven Gig Club and making sure there’s gig rowing in Newhaven for a very long time to come.
They are looking for boat name suggestions should anyone have any!
Information & Pictures taken from Newhaven Gig Club