New £1m Clubhouse for Tyne Rowing Club

One of the oldest sporting clubs in England is securing its future and providing for the next generation of North East rowing talent by constructing a £1m new base on the banks of the River Tyne.

Tyne Rowing Club, which traces its roots back to 1852, is investing in a new boathouse for use by current and future generations of members, as well as acting as a facility for the local rowing community.

Work is due to start on the £1m project in December, which will replace its current clubhouse on the same site in Newburn, with completion scheduled for next summer.

It has been financed by National Lottery funding from Sport England, Newcastle City Council, donations from local businesses, and a £250,000 bequest from John Dalkin, a Tyne Rowing Club member who passed away in 2010.

The two-storey clubhouse will provide state of the art facilities for its 200 plus members, as well as well as for use for rowing activities by local charities including the Percy Hedley Foundation, Norcare and Visually Impaired North East. It will offer sporting, conference training and education and hospitality facilities for use by the local rowing community. Tyne Rowing Club will continue to work closely with Newcastle University.

Simon Dobson, Chairman of Tyne Rowing Club, said: “As one of the country’s oldest sporting clubs, which has nurtured and developed rowing talent for over 160 years, this new clubhouse will help us to provide for many generations to come.

“We have thriving adult and junior squads, and through offering such dedicated and modern facilities, we hope to increase participation in rowing. Rowing has a very proud heritage on the River Tyne, tracing back to the days of the Keel men, and is a much-loved local sport.

“We are very grateful to our supporters for making this project possible and owe our thanks to the very kind donation from John Dalkin, who was a very valued member of our club. The completion of the clubhouse will herald the start of a new era for Tyne Rowing Club, and we are very much looking forward to the future.”

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, has championed plans for the new development from the outset. Newcastle law firm Sintons has overseen the legal work and builder SV Rutter will carry out the construction work.

The MP said: “I was delighted to add my backing to Tyne Rowing Club’s plans, as the club are so keen to grow and cement their place within the local community. Their record is already an impressive one, and this fantastic new facility will help the club to encourage even more people from across the city to take up this sport on one of the best stretches of river in the North for rowing.”

Councillor Hazel Stephenson, Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: “I am delighted that Newcastle City Council is able to help this project proceed by making a low interest loan available. Rowing as a sporting activity has a strong tradition in Newcastle; Tyne Rowing Club is a key part of that tradition; and securing the future of the club and the clubhouse for local rowers is a great achievement”.

Claire Morgan, Consultant in the Real Estate department at Sintons, led the team that handled the legal aspects of the development.

Mark Dobbin, Head of Real Estate at Sintons, said: “Tyne Rowing Club has a proud history and we are very pleased to be involved in securing its future and presence on the banks of the River Tyne for many years to come. The new clubhouse will have a host of uses for both members and the wider rowing community and we look forward to seeing it become a reality in the very near future.”

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