FOLLOWING Team GB’s success in the Olympics, Cambois Rowing Club is now hoping to turn out the next generation of ‘oar-some’ talent.
The club is supported by Rio Tinto Alcan, which recently donated £1,000 to purchase four sets of sweep oars to encourage new members to get involved in the sport.
The donation was made through the company’s Community Foundation Fund, which helps to support local charities and voluntary and community organisations across south east Northumberland.
The club, founded in 1911, provides for people aged from 11 to 80.
The group is based at Riverside Park in Ashington and has more than 60 full members, 25 juniors and 18 new members.
Club captain David Wright said: “The new sweep oars we purchased through this kind donation replaced our existing oars which were bought back in 1990 and were showing signs of wear and tear.
“The new equipment is up to competition standard and will help us progress in regattas in the future.
“Sweep oars are also more suitable for young people and women as they are shorter than the standard oars used in men’s rowing events.
“Our members regularly visit local schools to promote the sport and invite new junior members to join, so having good equipment is really beneficial. We’d like to thank Rio Tinto Alcan for this donation.”
As well as its well-established Community Foundation Fund, following the closure of its Lynemouth Smelter earlier this year, Rio Tinto Alcan is engaged in its Regional Economic Development (RED) Strategy and recently launched its new Legacy Fund, which is accepting applications from local groups in need of support.
Joanne Hannay, regional economic development assistant for Rio Tinto Alcan, visited the club and said: “In this Olympic year, it’s more apparent than ever that the north east is a hive of sporting talent and hopefully this donation will help to drive more interest in rowing in Northumberland.
“Our newly-launched Legacy Fund will help to support long-term projects in the local area.”
To find out more and apply for a grant through the Community Foundation Fund, visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk
To apply for the new Legacy Fund, which aims to support longer-term projects in south east Northumberland, visit www.rtalynemouth.co.uk