Brighton Sailing Club (BSC) is celebrating a successful bid for a Sport England Small Grant of £10000, funded by the National Lottery. The funds will be used to purchase new Topper dinghies to inspire and enable more people in the area to sail at the club.

BSC’s bid was supported by the RYA’s regional team and Active Sussex.

RYA Sailing Development Officer Sam Rowe said: “It’s great to see BSC reacting to recent research which shows the sport of sailing is seeing a growing trend away from boat ownership and moving towards a ‘pay and play’ style of club membership. This allows newcomers to the sport to participate in a cost effective manner, rather than have large initial outlays for a sport that they may not yet be fully committed to.

“BSC is one of the first volunteer led clubs in the South East to offer this style of activity and I’m confident it will allow a growing number of local people to participate in the sport on a regular basis.”

Anthony Statham from Active Sussex added: “Active Sussex provided a letter of support for BSC’s grant application for their ‘Creating Opportunities for New Members and Young Sailors’ project. It’s clear that through the clubs’ consultations that with additional equipment the club could offer sailing to more people in Brighton & Hove aged 14 plus.”

James Turner from BSC responded: “I am delighted that our bid to Sport England was successful. Thanks very much to the RYA and Active Sussex for their help, feedback and support with the bid. It was invaluable and I'm sure made the difference. And thanks RYA for organising and negotiating the supply of boats from Topper.”

Sport England provides funding through the Small Grants scheme to help more people get active as part of its “Towards an Active Nation” strategy. 

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