We need to grow our club membership and get more local people of all ages & genders out on to the water. Rowing is a fantastic activity that improves health & wellbeing. It also enables people to meet others & develop teamwork skills. Gig rowing also ensures that a tradition is kept alive. As a club, we want to be all inclusive so try to keep our membership fee low. This though, doesn't leave much money to enable us to purchase new equipment, and, unfortunately, equipment isn't cheap. To get more people out on the water, (we currently have 50 people on our waiting list), we need to purchase a new set of oars and these cost around £3000.
The goal of the project is to be able to purchase a new set of oars. These ideally need to be light weight as the majority of our members are women, plus we have quite a few mature members, and they can struggle with our heavier oars. We are about to run a 'Newbie' taster course to give people on our weighting list to join the club, a go at rowing and hopefully, many of these will go on to become full members. This would significantly increase the size of our club, but put an increased demand on our current equipment. A new set of oars would reduce this demand and ensure we can get as many people out on the water as possible, keeping this traditional activity alive in Brixham.
We are a club that is looking to grow, that is ran by a committee of enthusiastic volunteer members. We have come along way since the club started and our boats are a common sight out on the water and we have incredible support from the local community. Gig rowing is a fast growing sport and we also row competitively in regattas around the South West, through which we have gained positive publicity. All this has led to us currently having around 50 people on a waiting list of persons looking to join. With a new set of oars we know we can grow our club, and get as many local people out on the water as possible.