A POPULAR Burton rowing club has been handed a £2,000 boost – in a bid to increase the number of members.
Burton Leander Rowing Club, based in Stapenhill Road, has used the cash to pay for a new launch engine and safety kit, a move that is already seen eager youngsters enquire about joining the popular club.
Conor Wileman, who represents Burton Tower division on Staffordshire County Council, was able to secure the money for the club from the authority’s local community fund
He told the Mail: “Through Staffordshire County Council’s local community fund I have been able to grant Burton Leander Rowing Club over £2000.00 to buy a new launch engine and safety kit enabling the club to take on more young rowers and keep them safe at the same time.
“There are many challenges in running a sports club so I am delighted that
“I have been able to help the club along the way to encourage new members to take up rowing, cementing Burton and the River Trent as a great venue for the sport.
“The county relies on these clubs to provide activities for our young people and the more people take up sport the better.
“This is one way I, with the support of the council, can help the clubs like this develop and expand.”
Mr Wileman was given a tour of the club’s headquarters ahead of a ceremony to unveil the new equipment with club members.
Burton Leander Rowing Club is more than 160 years old and it has occupied its current base since 1920.
It is also famous for its role in helping to organise the popular Burton Regatta, alongside the Burton Amateur Regatta Association and Trent Rowing Club, which draws hundreds of people from across the country to the town to take part in a host of river races.
Anyone interested in joining the club is urged to call Bob McDonald on 07904 988691 or head online to http://burtonleander.co.uk/ for more information.
The club currently meets from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday and Thursday nights and 7.30am to noon on Saturday and Sunday mornings.