Herne Bay Amateur Rowing Club is celebrating after being awarded £10,000 of National Lottery Funding to purchase ten brand new rowing machines.
The grant, awarded through Sport England, will show that the club means to invest in the current but also new members and the community. These rowing machines will mean that people from the age of 13 upwards and of all abilities will get the best training and help with their health and wellbeing.
The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor Colin Spooner attended the club’s celebratory morning with wife and Lady Mayoress, Julie Spooner to cut the ribbon to announce the new rowing machines and even had a go one of the machines himself.
Cllr Spooner was very impressed with the enthusiasm and energy in the club and he wished the members all the success at the championships this Saturday at Deal.
Dan Ritchie, gold medallist and World Champion rower commented saying “Sport England’s donation is key in aiding the development of rowing in Herne Bay. It’s great to see new equipment so accessible for every member of the club and designed to drive membership, which in turn will help keep the club one of the premier coastal rowing clubs in the county.”
Dan, who has rowed for the Bay club for over ten years is a great advocate for the town and the club, which has always been close to his heart.
Ritchie and the club will be rowing and competing against other coastal amateur rowing clubs spanning from Herne Bay, Dover and Folkestone to the south west coast at the South Coast Championships on Saturday 8 September, hosted by Deal rowing club.
To find out about joining this welcoming local club visit www.hbarc.org.uk