We made a splash on Monday 13 June 2016 when we presented a cheque for an ‘oarsome’ £950, from the Midsnell Activity Fund, to Staines Boat Club to cover the cost of oars used for training its new members.
We established the Midsnell Activity Fund to promote engagement and participation in a range of different activities, enabling more people to live active, healthy and interesting lives.
Staines Boat Club is active in encouraging local schools to try rowing as a new activity. The Club launched an Explore Rowing programme in 2013 and has found that it has been particularly popular with young people who are keen to be active but may not enjoy ball sports.
The new MGI Midgley Snelling LLP-branded Macon oars – named after the eponymous town in France where they were developed – are designed to help novice rowers. This is particularly helpful for the Club’s junior section, which accounts for nearly a third of the Club’s 150 or so members.
Further information on applying to the Midsnell Activity Fund is available here: http://www.midsnell.co.uk/about-us/midsnell-activity-fund/.