Funding boost will help Rotherham sailing club to set future course

Members of Ulley Sailing Club. Shaun Flannery
Members of Ulley Sailing Club. Shaun Flannery
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Members of a South Yorkshire sailing club are celebrating after receiving a four figure grant to improve their clubhouse.

Ulley Sailing Club in Rotherham was given £2,500 by Banks Renewables to buy new benches for its base at in Ulley Country Park.

The clubhouse is also used as an activity centre by schools and other community groups.

The new benches are for visitors and parents so they can watch the boats on the reservoir and one is specifically designed for wheelchair users visiting the centre.

The Ulley Sailing Club is a recognised Royal Yachting Association training centre and has around 180 members.

A recent open day saw 100 people try sailing for the first time and it is hoped the new facilities will encourage more people to get involved with sailing.

Club trustee Dr Rosalie Hill said: “Our aim is to help make sailing an accessible pastime for our community, and the number of people who come along to our open day shows the potential that we have to build our local membership, something which we hope this new equipment will support us in doing.”

The Banks Renewables grant was part of a community benefits fund linked to the firm’s nearby Penny Hill Wind Farm.

Mark Dowdall, environmental and community director at Banks Renewables said: “Ulley Sailing Club involves people of all ages from right across the local area, and we’re pleased to be able to help such an active, inclusive and friendly community group.”