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Nearly £50,000 for new equipment and facilities for Truro Canoe Club

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

  • Members of Truro Canoe Club celebrate getting funding for new facilities.

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A WATERSPORTS club in Truro will get nearly £50,000 for new facilities.

Truro Canoe Club is getting the money from Sport England for new equipment and a storage shed at Boscawen Park.

The club said the cash injection would enable it to offer more sessions to youngsters who want to take up a sport that is growing in popularity.

Paul Postil, youth coach at the club, said: "The biggest barrier most people face is the cost of the racing canoe, equipment, training and storage.

"We have been committed to provide low-cost training and facilities for many years but were limited by how many young people could take part because of the cost of purchasing new equipment.

"The grant will allow us to buy enough equipment to expand our programme significantly while giving us space to store our boats near to the water."

Mr Postil thanked Truro City Council for its help in providing the land at Boscawen Park for the storage of equipment.

Simon Watts, the parent of a club member, said: "This is fantastic news for the club, everyone works really hard with the young paddlers and we are all very pleased that this has been recognised with the award of the funding from Sport England."

Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: "The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we've invested £88 million into more than 1,600 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.

"It's great to see Truro Canoe Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund."

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