A double funding boost has been handed to sailing clubs on Tyneside.
Tynemouth Sailing Club is on course for even more success thanks to a £60,000 funding boost that has greatly improved its facilities and made its club house much more attractive.
The grant from the SITA Trust and Sport England paid for improvements to modernise many of the facilities, cut the building’s carbon footprint and enhance the sailing experience for members and visitors. The improvements include new changing areas and showers, a new boiler, better insulation, double glazing and newly decorated rooms.
North Tyneside mayor Norma Redfearn, who helped re-open the facilities, said: “These improvements have made a huge difference to the club house making it attractive and welcoming not just for existing members but for families, local schools and the wider community who can hire it for family and social events.”
This week has also seen Longbenton Community College, in North Tyneside, get a £10,000 lottery grant to buy boats and equipment to set up a sailing club for pupils, their families and other members of the community. Organisers hope the club will give participants the chance to learn new skills and increase their self-esteem.