Owing to the support from the Stirling Fund, the Kayak Club has been able to buy in key replacement parts to fix damaged canoes. On the surface this may appear to be a simple repair job, but in reality it is an extremely well-intentioned investment into the future of the club.
One of the Club’s key objectives is to ensure that beginners receive a high standard of training, allowing them to develop into skilled and confident paddlers. The newly fixed canoes have meant that many of the latest members are able to train for their BCU 2* award and begin the journey to qualified coach. This in turn will result in the same individuals who have come through the club coaching newer members.
Whilst this natural progression is an important aim, the safety of club members has also been improved. The canoes are also used in a foundation safety and rescue training for the club. Some of the money has also been spent on updating key safety equipment.
The funding has also strengthened ties with Beaconhurst School. During half term and the summer months, scores of youngsters use club equipment and the Club’s coaches to develop their own skills in a fun and safe environment. The money awarded has gone a long way to ensure that this relationship continues to thrive.