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Norwich club off to a great start

Norwich Canoe Club are hoping to help kayakers paddle to success when they purchase their first starting gates thanks to an award from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 25 November 2019 12:00 AM

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The 28 year old club is one of the most successful in the country but members have to travel to Nottingham if they want to practice fast starts. However, a grant of £250 from UK Power Networks is helping them leap forward to provide a facility for all kayakers in the eastern region.

Tree manager David Walker, who works to keep the power on for 8.3 million homes and businesses, applied for the Team Sports Award to help the canoe club reach their target.

The club has 200 members aged six to 70 including David’s canoe-mad family, wife Sarah, daughters Katy and Lucy and son Thomas who all have active roles.

Norwich Canoe Club are one of the most successful flat water racing kayak clubs in the country. They are 2019 Marathon Team Champions, and winners of the 2019 Sprint Prize for the most National Champions. They are also British Canoeing Club of the Year for 2018/2019.

David said: “This is fantastic, it’s a really good way for UK Power Networks to help local clubs, support employees and make such a positive link with the community. The Club are really thankful as it runs on goodwill, so awards like this help make all their effort really worthwhile.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. So far this year over 70 teams have benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.