Today, Wednesday 15 May the Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club, Great Britain, received a cheque for £147,518 from Sport England. Together with grants from RYA Sailability and other sponsors, this will complete the funding of a £226,000 project.
Two RYA Sailability Regional Organisers, Steve Clare and Peter Wilson, worked with the club's treasurer David Shiel to formulate this winning successful Lottery bid for accommodation for disabled sailors. Initially kick started with a £75,000 grant from RYA Sailability the project includes facilities for men's and women's changing facilities, showers, and a unisex WC and shower, will be comparable with the current standards of disability access to modern leisure centres.
Already these planned facilities have a waiting list of over fifty disabled sailors. The facilities allow for total integration with able bodied sailors as the club operates seven days a week and has several women national and regional champions to act as role models for the young women in the region.
This very successful club lies on the Pennington Flash, a lake formed by the land sinking due to the mines and then filling with water from a local stream. It is unlikely the miners of the last century were aware of the legacy they were leaving the community when they were working in appalling conditions digging coal.
The contractors, Burgess Construction of Manchester, are programmed to complete the new facilities for the 2002-03 Winter Series, when as many as 200 sailors are expected to use the clubs sailing facilities daily.
Enquires to National Fund Raising Manager James Davis on 02380 627480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org