Denholme Sailing Club


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Denholme Sailing Club – a community and family orientated sailing club providing affordable and accessible opportunities for all to learn and enjoy sailing

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Denholme Sailing Club was formed 40 years ago, and is located at Doe Park in Denholme Village, a reservoir in a picturesque spot, just a few miles from the urban centres of Bradford, Keighley and Halifax.
The Sailing Club is made up of members, who for an annual fee can sail on the lake, using the club boats available for training and skill development, or sailing in their own dinghies kept in the dinghy pen. The Club has a volunteer Committee elected from the membership, and the role of the Committee is to oversee the running of the club and its various activities.
The Club organises open days, family and friends’ days, bbq’s, outings and other social activities, and has a year-round sailing programme on Sundays so members can practice their sailing skills. There is something for everyone – at whatever level they wish to participate.
The Club also runs ‘start sailing’ training courses validated by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), and this training is offered at an affordable price to cover costs and provided by trained members of the club on a voluntary basis. There really is no barrier to age in the training and sailing, and people have learned to sail whether 7 or 70. The Club encourages the whole family to get involved in this enjoyable and active outdoor fun activity.
2018 has seen Denholme Sailing Club participate in the RYA’s ‘Push the Boat Out, being one of the regional sailing centres for this nation-wide initiative to introduce people to sailing.

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

The Club has several ‘training’ boats which provide people with a taster session accompanied by experienced club members on open days, for the start sailing training courses and for use by club members at Sunday sailing. Members may also purchase their own boats if they wish (sailable dinghies are available form as little as a few hundred pounds).

These boats are stored in a secure ‘pen’. During 2018 members have been improving the pen, solving a drainage issue and tidying the area and making it more accessible to members. To make best use of the space it is proposed to construct a rack to store small member and club ‘topper’ dinghies that are primarily used by youngsters in the club. The stand will provide more efficient use of space and make the boats more accessible when launching and putting away. The £500 grant would largely fund the cost of materials for the stand. The construction work would be undertaken on a voluntary basis by club members. The improvements will help ensure the future sustainability of the Club for all members.

"‘Grassroots funding would provide a real boost to Denholme Sailing Club. We would be able to safely store youth training boats in our dinghy pen in a much needed new rack, using the grant for materials and assembly to be undertaken by volunteer members. Our youth and family membership are our future and easy access to the training boats in our dinghy pen will ensure their needs are met both for training and sailing experience. Nothing pleases members more than seeing youngsters try sailing for the first time, gaining confidence and developing their skills with members’ guidance to become sailors of the future! (Tony Lever, Committee Member)"

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