£49,500 Olympic boost for Buxton sailing club

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A Buxton-based sailing club which has helped thousands of young people get into sport, has secured nearly £50,000 in Olympic legacy funding.

Errwood Sailing Club, in the Goyt Valley, will receive £49,500 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund to upgrade its facilities.

The improvements will include new changing rooms, showers and toilets, with improved access and disabled facilities, non-slip flooring, new windows, a new staircase to the upper level and a modern galley.

Club Commodore Andrew de Ruiter said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of our instructors.

“It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club for the 2012 Olympics’ legacy.”

To celebrate the award, local people are being invited to a free taster session at Errwood Sailing Club on Sunday afternoon, between noon and 4pm, to try out the sport.

A Royal Yachting Association-affiliated training centre, Errwood is one of over 300 projects across England receiving lottery investment from the fourth round of the Inspired Facilities fund, and one of more than 1,300 to benefit overall.

Chairman of Sport England, Nick Bitel, said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in the High Peak.

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the High Peak who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”

To register your interest in the Errwood taster sessions, email Alex Novacki at info@errwoodsailing.co.uk or call 07785 282815.