Rapid progress of the kayak crew
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.
Onwards and upwards: The Spelthorne Kayak and Canoe Club.