WIGTOWN Bay Coastal Rowing Club has secured a £50,000 investment to develop a new boathouse.
They are one of the latest bands to receive a boost from sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund.
It will go towards their boathouse plans, allowing them to provide even more opportunities for people in the local community to participate in coastal rowing.
The new facility will provide accessible changing rooms and washrooms, space for training, coach training and debriefing sessions, as well as much-needed maintenance and storage space. It will be available for use by other community clubs.
Additionally, the club has received a donation of youth-friendly rowing boats and the new boathouse will provide the space they need to refurbish the boats as well as manufacture and store the various weights and lengths of oars needed. to make sport more accessible. .
Welcoming the investment, club secretary Vikki Reay-Martin said: “We are incredibly delighted to be working with sportscotland. Coastal rowing is an inclusive sport, allowing people of all ages to safely access our waters, have fun, get fit and connect with nature. A competitive community spirit thrives when a group of people work together, and when success is measured by personal development, we all celebrate together.
“The funding Sportscotland provides to us will enable many more people to access sport in our rural area. We are so grateful to have Sportscotland on our side.
sportscotland managing director, Stewart Harris, added: “Projects like the Wigtown Bay Coastal Rowing Club not only create opportunities for people to participate in sport and physical activity, but can also provide a place for communities to come together. pull together and support each other as we work our way out of these difficult times.
“Investing in facilities that meet local demand is a key priority for sportscotland and we have to say a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased a national lottery ticket, without their support this level of investment simply wouldn’t be possible. possible.”