Funding boost for Minerva Bath rowing club which trained Olympic gold star Helen Glover
The Bath rowing club which trained Great Britain’s first 2012 Olympic gold medallist has won a £50,000 grant to improve its facilities.
The Minerva Bath Rowing Club, which has also just won a Bath and North East Somerset Council Club of the Year title, will be getting the money from Sport England.
The grant will fund much-needed facilities development, adding running water, toilets and showers to the club’s base at Newbridge.
The club, currently home to 120 members plus the University of Bath’s Crew Bath, has one of just ten world-class start teams and was where former Bath teacher and Olympic hero Helen Glover learnt to row.
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At the moment it has just a single portable toilet available to it, 50 yards away in the car park.
Bath-based Wessex Water has promised to assist in helping to provide a mains connections once logistics can be sorted out.
Club chairman Elaine Hoyes said: “To have a shower, loo and running water at Minerva Bath Rowing Club will be a dream come true. “These are basic needs that we take for granted but you really miss them when you don’t have them. It is amazing how close we are to other properties and yet how complicated and expensive it is to connect such basic services to our site, but I think our team spirit and desire to win things is certainly coming through in this project.
“Now thanks to Sport England this injection of funding will help us to further develop this successful and friendly club and keep our sport open to everyone who wants to be a part of it. That can only be a good thing for the people of Bath.”
City MP Don Foster said: “This is great news for Minerva - Bath’s only rowing club - whose hard-working and passionate members are determined to make the sport of rowing accessible to all in our community. This significant funding boost will allow Minerva to make much-needed improvements to the club’s facilities.”
Work will start following a visit by Sport England to go over plans with the club. For further information, go to the website www.minervabathrc.org.