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The damaged slipway after the stormsThe damaged slipway after the storms

Sport England funding provides permanent extension to damaged slipway

Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club in Torquay has been awarded £49,980 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Flood Relief Fund to extend the slipway at Oddicombe Beach which was severely undermined in the floods and storms over the last few months.

The recent storms and floods devastated homes, businesses and infrastructure across the country and also had major impact on sports facilities, particularly sports pitches and water sports centres. In February, Sport England launched the £5 million Flood Relief Fund in a bid to help clean up and repair sports pitches and facilities and get them back up and running.

The club, which offers both Sailability and OnBoard programmes, will use its £49,980 award to provide a permanent extension to the existing slipway such that safety boats and dinghies can access the beach and sailing waters at all states of the tide.

Jennie Price, Chief Executive of Sport England, says: “The storms and floods devastated many sports facilities across England. We want to play our part in helping communities get back to normal, and we are delighted to be able to get this emergency funding to Babbacombe Corinthian Sailing Club to help it get back on a permanent footing as soon as possible.’

Jan Hester, BCSC’s Sailing Secretary said: “We are delighted that Sport England has awarded this funding to us which will allow us to extend the slipway and provide full access to the beach so the sailing club, the Sea Scouts and others can once more benefit from these fantastic facilities. We are currently using a temporary arrangement kindly provided by Torbay Council, and hope to have the new permanent extension in place ready before the next sailing season’.

Article Published: August 26, 2014 16:42

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