Streatham-Croydon RFC, founded in 1871, is
based inThornton Heath in the Northern wards’
of Croydon.
The club received a £70,000 grant from the Mayor
of London: Facility Fund last year to develop its
changing facilities to make them more suitable for
significantly increased usage.
Located in an area that was affected by the London
riots, Streatham-Croydon RFC is trying to use sport
to bring about positive change in the community
by working with a local charity as well as appointing
volunteers to work with community groups.
Head coach at Streatham-Croydon RFC, Jeff
Greenleaf, said:
“The redevelopment will allow for
the whole community to use the facilities, whether
for sports such as netball, basketball, archery,
football, cricket and American football; or for
fitness sessions, martial arts and yoga.”
The South London club aims to make the site
the sports hub of the community, increasing
weekly usage from 200 to 1,000 thanks to the
developments of their facilities and links with other
local organisations, LondonWarriors AFC and
Crystal Palace FC Foundation.
The Mayor of London: Facility Fund is part of the Mayor’s commitment to deliver
a sporting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, aiming to raise
participation levels in sport in London through the funding of new or refurbished
sports facilities.The money is provided by the Mayor of London and provides
grants which help to develop affordable, good quality local facilities within local
communities in London.The Fund is delivered by the Foundation.
The Rt Hon Dr.Vince Cable, MP forTwickenham
and Secretary of State for Business, Innovation
and Skills, joined the Mayor of London’s Sports
Commissioner, Kate Hoey MP; GB Rowing’s
Executive Chairman, Di Ellis CBE; and Foundation
Chief Executive, PaulThorogood, to officially
openTwickenham Rowing Club’s refurbished and
expanded clubhouse.
Twickenham Rowing Club celebrated its 150
year anniversary in 2010 and the officers,
committee and members were determined
to leave a lasting legacy.
The rowing club, based in the London Borough
of Richmond uponThames, received a £164,769
grant from the MoL:FF for the expansion and
improvement of its outdated clubhouse, as well
as the acquisition of a fleet of new stable boats to
allow them to continue ‘Learn to Row’ courses.
Kate Hoey, the Mayor of London’s Sports
Commissioner, said:
“The refurbishment of
Twickenham Rowing Club is an excellent
example of the kind of project we have
supported right across the capital.To date,
these projects have resulted in approximately
50,000 new users per week in facilities spread
across London. I am delighted that the Mayor’s
Facility Fund is making a tangible difference
towards improving grassroots sports provision
and I would like to thank and congratulate
everyone involved in the project to date.”
The two-storey clubhouse has a new entrance
and a lift to make the building completely
accessible for disabled users, as well as a new food
preparation area, showers and toilets.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, added:
“Revamping local sports facilities is central to
delivering a lasting legacy from the London 2012
Games and I’m delighted to helpTwickenham
Rowing Club play a part in that mission. I’m
sure that now the club has enjoyed a fantastic
sprucing up it will have no problem in attracting
many more people on to the river and into the
exciting sport of rowing.”
Rowing is an ideal activity for those who have
been inactive to develop their fitness again with
minimal risk. It capitalises on locally available
resources andTwickenham Rowing Club is
open to all ages and ability of rower, whether
participating competitively or recreationally.
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