Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club (IBRSC) has been awarded a £50,000 Sport England grant towards the clubhouse redevelopment plans. Thanks to this grant the proposed improvements to the Clubhouse should be completed by spring 2015.
Over recent years the Club has acquired new modern training dinghies, which we continue to invest in, and has developed a thriving junior and adult training section to complement the racing. As the training side of the Club has grown, so has the need to update the infrastructure. This “Inspired Facilities” grant – part of the Olympic Legacy – will help fund a dedicated training room, upgraded storage area for the Club equipment and new catering and social areas for all members, affiliated organisations such as the Sea Scouts and the Metropolitan Police Sailing Association and visitors to enjoy.
Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club Commodore, Gareth Griffiths comments, ‘I learned to sail 50 years ago with my father, but today most people are introduced to sailing through taught courses. Already in the summer we have 30-40 children enjoying themselves learning to sail on Sunday afternoons and on Tuesday evenings many local residents are learning the joys of sailing for the first time in our TrySail sessions. The updated facilities at Island Barn will allow us to provide better courses on the water and enhance the onshore experience for many more sailors and their families.‘
Big thanks are due to the Clubhouse Improvement Sub Committee who have piloted the grant application through the administrative process, with particular thanks to Roy Poole for leading the process and to Mike Jones for drawing up the plans.