A Strathclyde sports group which gives young people an opportunity to take part in competitive rowing has received funding from the Ross and Liddell Community Bursary Scheme.
Strathclyde Park Rowing Club is a recipient of the property management company’s fifth funding programme, which provides support to organisations all over Scotland.
The organisation was founded by competitive rowers who were keen to introduce rowing into the area. The club benefits as the Scottish Rowing Centre at Strathclyde Park is the only centre in Scotland with an indoor rowing tank so users travel far and wide to use the equipment.
The club was set up to promote the sport and encourage health and wellbeing, while also taking part in local and national rowing competitions throughout the year.
The funding received from Ross and Liddell will be used to purchase a set of blades which will be used in training boats. This will help achieve the club’s aim of improving the boat fleet so more members can join.
Gillian Connal, the club president said:
“Strathclyde Park Rowing Club offers everyone a chance to try rowing. All ages and abilities are welcome from complete beginners to aspiring rowers.
“We are lucky to be able to use the Scottish Rowing Centre as it has the only indoor rowing tank in Scotland, and can be used for training in winter days when it is too dangerous to go out on the loch.
“This funding will help us to develop the club and enable more members to join as it is a very expensive sport so it is difficult for participants to buy their own equipment. “
Members train on Saturday and Sunday mornings all year round, and Tuesday and Thursday nights indoors.
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Now in its fifth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.
Strathclyde Park Rowing Club is one of 31 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.
Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said:
“The bursary has really gone from strength to strength and the number of entries that we received for the 2015 scheme was fantastic.
“It’s so important that organisations like Strathclyde Park Rowing have access to funding sources to ensure young people can reach their full potential and to build long-lasting friendships.
“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”