SOLIHULL Canoe Club is celebrating news that it has securing over £20,000 of Olympic legacy funding.
The clubhouse, based on the canal at Catherine-de-Barnes, will receive £20,802 investment used to replace an outdated boathouse and improve facilities.
Club chairman, Geoff Barber, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can provide better facilities and training for them as well as for our thriving racing membership. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”
Club members have competed internationally on several occasions, including Robert Oliver who raced in the 200m sprint at the Paracanoe World Championships in May.
Meriden MP Caroline Spelman, said: “I am sure that with these new facilities the club will continue to go from strength to strength and that people who may never have considered having a go at canoeing will be inspired to try it.
“This is a great year to get into sport, with the 2012 Olympics just around the corner, and I’m thrilled that we will have an Olympic legacy, in the form of an improved canoe club, right on our doorstep.”
Solihull Canoe Club is one of hundreds across England benefiting from Lottery investment through Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund, aimed at helping community sports groups to upgrade their facilities and bring the ‘magic’ of the Games into communities away from London.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, added: “This National Lottery investment will create a lasting sporting legacy for Solihull.
“For hundreds of clubs and tens of thousands of people, 2012 will be the year their local sports facilities got better.”