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New canoeing kit makes a splash in Shoreham

Adur Canoe Club has won a £250 sports award for new buoyancy aids and spray decks.

From Press releases - 5 November 2019 12:00 AM

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Robert Jewiss, who works as a field engineer at UK Power Networks, volunteers as a local paddle-sport coach and nominated the club for his firm’s Team Sport Award.

He said: “Our club was delighted to receive the funding, it was really nice and everyone appreciated it. I’m fortunate to work for a community-based company.

“Some of the older kit had seen better days and we have far better kit now. This funding has enabled us to reinvest more money so we have got dry cags for people, which are waterproof jackets.

“Sport is good for your physical and mental health. I’ve been with the club for two years and it offers a wonderful way of sharing the rivers and the sport. The social life and friendship around the club is great too.”

The club has around 200 active members, aged from eight upwards. They meet at 3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts by the River Adur in Shoreham on Sunday mornings, Tuesdays throughout the summer, plus Friday pool sessions throughout the winter. This year alone they have organised trips to north and south Wales, Cuckmere, Lee Valley, Devon, Poole and Bude.

The Team Sport Award scheme is run by UK Power Networks to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and developing sports opportunities. So far this year, 68 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff have benefitted.