Gloucester Boathouse will be a new home in Gloucester for rowing, canoeing and other paddle sports, drawing participants from across Gloucestershire.
The Gloucester-Sharpness canal provides excellent and safe conditions for these sports and is a unique resource for the county and the South West. The iconic new centre will provide much needed facilities for all types of paddle-based water sports and for all sections of the Gloucestershire community on the canal not far from the City centre.
The development is fully supported by British Rowing, British Canoe Union, Sport England and Gloucester City Council.
Status update 26th February 2017
The current works will deliver:
- A watertight building
- 3 boat bays fitted out for storage of rowing boats and blades
- Ground floor showers and toilets
The Gloucester-Hartpury crew of Alice Bowyer, Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne, Flo Pickles and Jessica Newson with fellow Gloucester rower Beth Rodford.
Gloucester-Hartpury scooped its first ever title at British rowing's premier event - Henley Royal Regatta - as the Under-18s girls quad bounced back from a nasty crash to claim glory.
On the morning of the final, the crew of Alice Bowyer, Charlotte Hodgkins-Byrne, Jessica Newson and Flo Pickles crashed with a moored boat and snapped three oars in their warm-up row.
Luckily, they all escaped uninjured and if they were shaken by the crash, they didn’t show it, recording a comfortable four-length victory to scoop the Diamond Jubilee Challenge cup - a new trophy awarded for the first time in 2014 for the winning Under-18s female crew in the competition's 175th year.
GLOUCESTER Rowing Club have just £100,000 left to raise to make their dream of building top-class boathouse a reality.
And Sports Minister Helen Grant was on site at the Gloucester-Sharpness canal club to lend her support as part of her tour of the city’s sporting facilities.
Touring the facilities alongside Gloucester MP Richard Graham, the Minister was impressed with the plans for the £1.5million development, a build which will provide top-class rowing and canoeing facilities and potentially produce Olympic champions of the future.
Two time Olympian and 2010 World champion Beth Rodford started rowing at the club, alongside fellow Team GB competitor Natasha Page.