‘Massive improvement’ in facilities at sailing club

Mayor Jim Hakewill and Commodore Rhiain Bevan open the new facilities
Mayor Jim Hakewill and Commodore Rhiain Bevan open the new facilities

New facilities at a sailing club will help attract new members and build on the Olympic legacy, its commodore has said.

Rhiain Bevan, from Cransley Sailing Club was speaking after a £56,000 clubhouse and training facilities were opened by Kettering Mayor Jim Hakewill this afternoon (Saturday, April 20).

The new setup was funded with a grant from Sport England to celebrate and harness the legacy of the London Olympics and has helped the club get rid of previously dilapidated facilities.

“They were not places you would want to get changed in,” Ms Bevan said. “It’s a massive improvement. It will make such a difference to the club and the community.

“Now it’s all about the members getting on the water.”

Nigel Austin, the club’s principal training officer, said the new facilities would help attract more members and was a marked improvement from what used to be available, which he described as being like a time warp.

“Hopefully it will make sure there is an increase in the number of people coming up to sail,” he said.

The sailing club, situated near Thorpe Malsor outside Kettering, is hosting an open day on Saturday, May 18, where people will be able to inspect the new facilities for themselves.