Since the devastating fire of 2011, Marlow Rowing Club has risen from the ashes to become a state-of-the-art, fully accessible facility; unfortunately, the funds raised did not quite stretch to developing the outside space and river access. It has become more and more apparent over the past few years that having facilities outside which match the standard of the facilities inside the club house is vital, not only for our safety and but also to ensure inclusivity and accessibility.
At Marlow Rowing Club we take pride in the fact that we encourage and support everybody who wants to try our sport; be they a novice or more experienced; a junior or a masters rower; able-bodied or less mobile.
We have a huge variety of members at Marlow Rowing Club; from those who just wish to try the sport to those who have been members since the 1950’s. We have Junior, Senior and Master’s squad for both men and women and we are the UK’s leading club for Adaptive/Para Rowing, hosting an ever-growing number of athletes with a huge variety of disabilities. We also celebrate the fact that many of Great Britain’s rowing heroes are part of our family; these include Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL, Naomi Riches MBE, Cath Bishop and Zac Purchase MBE.
Marlow RowAbility will enable us to:
- Design and build more easily accessible under-cover storage for private boats, club boats, adaptive/para boats and the specialist equipment that comes with them.
- Make surfaces as level as possible from the carpark to the water’s edge.
- Remove hazardous steps and gaps between bank and boating pontoons
- Replace existing pontoons to make boating safer for everyone, particularly those in wheelchairs or less steady on their feet.
- Improve the visibility of hard edges and changes in levels for athletes with limited or no sight.
- Install all-weather, non-slip surfaces.
“Marlow RowAbility is the final piece in the jigsaw to create one of the most accessible water facilities in the UK.”
John Yeatman past Chairman, Marlow Rowing Club