The Southwater Country Park-based Forest Canoe Club has been awarded Sport England’s Clubmark award.
Clubmark recognises sports clubs that create a safe, high quality and welcoming environment for young people, and officials at Forest Canoe Club have been working alongside the British Canoe Union for the last two years in order to meet the required standards.
Chairman Chris Davis said: “The Clubmark award means that we will be in a better position when applying for grants and we will be able to promote the Club in a more positive manner. It is difficult to say whether or not there will be an upturn in membership as that may be dependent on the level of success of the GB team (at the Olympics), unfortunately as of today there has been no success.”
Forest Canoe Club is open to anyone who wants to go canoeing, either in one of many different types of kayak or in an open canoe.
It currently has a mixed membership of men and women, boys and girls ranging from a pensioner to school children.
The club caters for all interests from touring on local rivers and canals to extreme whitewater both at home and abroad.
In the summer it meets every Thursday evening at Southwater Country Park and in the winter coaching and practice continues at a local swimming pool.
For more information, visit the Club’s Website: www.forestcanoeclub.org.uk