New canoe HQ officially opens

PUBLISHED: 09:15 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:16 11 April 2013

The opening of the Axe Vale Canoe Club's refurbished HQ at Axmouth

The opening of the Axe Vale Canoe Club's refurbished HQ at Axmouth

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Large crowd sees the extended and improved Axe Vale Canoe Club base at Axmouth unveiled

Axe Vale Canoe Club’s newly refurbished headquarters have been officially opened.

Simon Ridd, from Sport England, and Michael Sims, of the British Canoe Union (BCU) performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting in front of a large crowd at the weekend.

Also there were East Devon District Council CEO Mark Williams, Councillor Sara Randall Johnson and club members past and present.

Funding for the project came from a number of sources, including Sport England’s ‘Inspired Facilities’ scheme which aims to deliver a 2012 Olympics legacy, British Canoe Union, local businesses and club members.

The first part of the project began in 2011 with a new boat store and then in 2012 the clubhouse was expanded and four new changing and shower rooms built.

Chairman Tash Khan-Davis said: “These new facilities will make a big difference to the many users of the club including local junior schools in East Devon.

“Every year we have over 160 young children take part in day long taster sessions on the estuary to learn about the local environment and have some fun on the water.”

It is hoped the refurbished Club house with its dedicated meeting area/training room and improved changing facilities will help the club introduce many more people to the sport.

Mr Sims added: “Canoeing and kayaking are a great way to appreciate the wonderful rivers and coast line of Devon, as well keeping fit.”

*Axe Vale Canoe Club has 120 members of all ages, from 12 upwards, and is located within the grounds of the Axe Yacht Club by the harbour at Seaton. The Club offers a wide variety of activities and introductory courses are offered every summer from May. For more details visit www.axevalecc.co.uk

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