Rowing @ Bartley
If you happen to be wandering around the club this weekend you may notice a new boat, one that you have to sit in facing the wrong way and it has no sails. Please don't be alarmed we are not about to be swamped with rowers who are going to take over our perfect sailing venue.
Bartley Outdoor Pursuits are trying to strengthen it's Business model by diversifying and offering further activities to schools, youth groups and adults, we have been talking to British Rowing for some time about developing rowing on our water for schools and groups and obtaining the apropriate kit to do so safely. The boats they have given us are 4 man sliding seat gigs but are designed with a coastal application which is why we will be having two on site at Bartley due to the average conditions we experience. Both myself and Adrian are going to be trained by British Rowing to deliver the sessions.
The long term aim of Bartley Outdoor Pursuits as mandated by the management committe of the club is to support the target of increasing membership of the club making us a strong venue, I have learnt that with the help of the RYA, BCU and British Rowing development officers we are increasingly being thought of as a watersports hub. What does this do? well it helps us to improve our facillities and attract more members, through supported funding applications by all three National Governing Bodies.
With membership always at the peril of falling we may need to offer catogories of membership such as rowing or canoeing or stand up paddleboarding, it may be in a form of a reduced rate and no voting rights almost an associated membership catagory? either way it is for you the membership to decide but what is important is that the club continues to grow and develop so we can all enjoy our racing now and in the future. see you all on the water Howard