Doncaster Rowing Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with a little help from the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions.
The Hexthorpe-based club has recently been awarded funding of £36,000 by the scheme.
They received 1,870 votes in a vote at the end of November to become one of 76 nationwide projects to benefit from grants.
The club are looking to use the funding to employ a new full-time coach in order to host more sessions and allow more people, particularly young people, to take up rowing.
“We’re trying to put in place a full-time coach as a result of the grant so there is facility usage in the daytime,” said club captain Adam Manson.
“The project is geared towards getting kids into sport, and keeping them fit and healthy.
“We’ve written to schools and establishments in the area to see if there’s interest.
“It’s also for adults to get fitter and healthier through rowing.
“We want to bring in use of rowing facilities for adults in the morning, and ideally allow schools to use them in the afternoon and teach the kids to row.
“There are people interested in the coaching role,” he added.
“We’re looking for someone with a track record in rowing who ticks all the right boxes.”
Manson says he hopes the new scheme will be in operation in a matter of weeks, with the coaching designed to get school children out on the water.
“We’re hoping to have the project up and running by March,” he said.
“It’s aimed at children aged 12 and upwards to fulfill our own safety regulations.
“It’ll be about the ‘Learn to Row’ course for students whereby after five lessons, they’ll be efficient enough to go out on to the water.
“Hopefully we can get some momentum going, the interest is good so far from schools so hopefully we’ll get it all lined up.”
For more information about Doncaster Rowing Club visit www.doncaster-rowing-club.org.