Suffolk Club Welcomes Local Rowers
Deben Rowing Club’s members were out in force on Saturday 4th September to celebrate the completion of their wonderful new clubhouse.
The efforts of all those involved were praised by Therese Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal. Having officially ‘cut the ribbon’, Mrs Coffey said “It’s wonderful to see the fruits of your work which will I hope generate a lot more interest in rowing up and down the Deben – you never know I might give it a go!”
Tim Earnshaw, Club Chairman, added “this is a real community project, what we’re interested in is bums on seats. If you want to row you can come down – our mantra is we’ll welcome everyone”.
Situated in a rural location near the famous Sutton Hoo burial site on the estuary of the Deben, the Club now hopes to attract new rowers from the surrounding area, including the population of Ipswich which is less than ten miles away.
William Notcutt said it was immensely satisfying for the members to have completed the new build. “Our thanks go to the local community who have supported us and our funders who have understood what we wanted to do. The new facility and new boats will enable us to get more people afloat to enjoy the sport than ever before.”
The principal funding of the new clubhouse project at Deben Rowing Club has been by way of a National Governing Body award to British Rowing, sourced through HM Exchequer via the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, managed and coordinated by Sport England.
The project contributes to Sport England’s Strategy 09-11, and the British Rowing Strategy 2009-13. The strategy aims to grow the number of people playing sport, sustain participation by encouraging more people to keep playing sport; and helping talented sports people excel by improving talent development. The strategy commits Sport England to deliver through national governing bodies of sport on a series of demanding targets by 2012/13.
Take the tour of Deben Rowing Club by watching the video below. You can also view further videos on our new YouTube Channel.