Rutland Sailing Club secures £50,000 grant for changing rooms

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A sailing club hopes to attract new people and improve facilities for current members after securing £50,000 of grant funding.

Rutland Sailing Club, based in Edith Weston, was one of several sporting organisations across the country to be chosen in the latest round of investment from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund.

The club secured £50,000 and will use the money to completely revamp its changing facilities.

Manager Bruce Bonar said: “Everyone at the club is delighted. It’s really good news.

“We have a lot of members - about 800 across the club - and the money will be of huge benefit to them.

“The feedback has been entirely positive.”

Planning is now underway for the revamp, which will cost about £55,000. The club will make up the difference itself.

The aim is to turn the current open-plan changing facilities into a much more family-friendly and secure environment.

Bruce hopes this will attract new members and get even more people involved in sailing.

He said: “It will bring the changing rooms more in keeping with the rest of the facilities that visitors enjoy.

“It’s in line with what people would expect walking into a sports club.”

Bruce added: “We are all about trying to get more people into the sport.

“We are trying to make our facilities as attractive as possible.”

The club hopes to complete the revamp by March or April next year.