Rapid progress of the kayak crew

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

SPELTHORNE Kayak & Ca­noe Club is ready to ex­pand to al­low more stor­age for its fleet of boats.

Founded in April 2013 with only four boats, the volunteer-run club has gone from strength-to-strength and now has a fleet of 30, in­clud­ing open ca­noes, and four coaches.

Head coach Derek Hen­zell said the club is on the verge of sign­ing an agree­ment with Spelthorne Bor­ough Coun­cil to take on a build­ing at Lam­mas Park in Staines with more stor­age so the club can con­tinue to grow.

“When the club was founded it was dif­fi­cult get­ting peo­ple on the wa­ter at times,” said the kayak coach.

“But some of the found­ing mem­bers gave up their per­sonal kayaks so the coaches could run taster ses­sions and so, gain new mem­bers.”

Mayor of Spelthorne, Coun­cil­lor Mark Fran­cis, vis­ited the char­ity-reg­is­tered club on Wed­nes­day last week to see how it op­er­ates and to tour the club­house and new build­ing, which is set to be con­verted into a boat shed.

Alis­tair Wil­son RS161760

On­wards and up­wards: The Spelthorne Kayak and Ca­noe Club.

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