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Bradford ARC has never been a Club to stand still. The Club operates a 5-year rolling Forward Plan which helps identify, budget and plan for future improvements. This page details some of our recent developments.
The first phase of work on the weir has now been completed and the Club is now able to use the water. Bradford ARC would like to thank everyone for their supportive messages and the amazing financial assistance to keep rowing in Bradford on the River Aire. The Club was pleased to host its first event of the season – the War of the Roses – Veteran scratch event on the 23rd April followed by Bradford Sprint Regatta on the 25th June and Bradford Autumn Regatta on the 10th September.
August 2016 “I am Team GB”
The Club hosted an open day on Saturday 27th August as part of “I am Team GB”, our nation’s biggest ever sports day. Lots of interested people came and joined our barbeque, and talked to rowers of all ages, and looked round our Club. If you then think that rowing is for you we will give you all the details of our next Learn to Row course. The fun starts at midday. For directions to the Club click on “Where to Find Us” on the “Contact Us” tab.
2016 – Weir Damage
When the water started to recede after the Boxing Day flood it became apparent that the weir had suffered extensive damage and on 15th Jan part of the weir crest collapsed. The Club set in motion the emergency repair process and were very appreciative of the support – both moral and financial – received from so many sources.
2015 – Boxing Day Floods
On Boxing Day the Clubhouse – for the first time ever – was flooded with approx 50cms of water inside damaging gym equipment etc and over a metre in the boatsheds causing damage to boats. The Club rallied round and turned out in force so that the gym was back in operation within 3 days.
2015 – Club Status
In December 2015 the Club received confirmation from the Charities Commission that it had been awarded Charity status.
During the year the Club has undertaken a major reconstruction of itself and its constitution so that it is now owned and run by a company limited by guarantee which is described as a “parent company” or simply “BARC”. This was to enable it to seek charitable status and make it possible for the Club to be run in a more modern way. The parent company now owns and runs a trading subsidiary (Bradford Amateur Rowing Club (Trading) Ltd) (“BARC Trading”) and also a separate company Hirst Weir Ltd (“HWL”) which currently owns the weir.
2014 – Improving Hirst Weir
There has been a weir at Hirst Mill on the River Aire for more than 750 years. Whilst it no longer provides power for a mill it now provides a particularly picturesque length of slack water suitable for the sports of rowing, canoeing, fishing and recreational walking and cycling.
The weir is owned by Hirst Weir Limited (HWL) – a company limited by guarantee with charitable aims of maintaining the weir to support the sport of rowing and other recreational uses.
In the July 2012 floods the weir suffered significant damage and emergency repairs carried out.
Hirst Weir now requires improvement works to ensure its continuity.
2011 – The Barry Wood Boathouse
Sunday July 30th 2011 saw the official opening of The Barry Wood Boathouse and the naming of all the new boats.
The Barry Wood Boathouse honours a man who has dedicated much of his life to Bradford Amateur Rowing Club, both on and off the water, including being Club Secretary and President. He now takes care of all the day to day behind the scenes work as Facilities Manager. Club Captain, Celia Hickson, and Rowing Development Manager, Julia Markham, then proudly named and christened the new boats. As we know, the Sport England grant was offered specifically to fund boats for Women and Juniors. In honour of all the hard work and effort Julia has put in over the last few years, both as RDM and for the countless hours spent working on the grant application, the new Women’s Eight now deservingly bears her name. As the man who dedicates so much of his time, enthusiasm and experience to the Club’s fast growing Junior Section, Hugh Scott now has a new quad proudly named after him.
Many other boats were named following suggestions from Club members and it’s been an altogether great achievement and occasion in the history of Bradford Amateur Rowing Club!
2011 – New Boatshed!
The Club is currently working on a project to further increase participation amongst women and girls, and has been awarded grants in excess of £127,000 towards this. This project will see the building of an additional boatshed and the purchase of boats and oars specifically designed for use by women and juniors. It will also increase the quality and quantity of coaching at the Club by funding members to attend courses to gain coaching qualifications.
2009 – New Coxless Quad!
In October 2009 Bradford ARC became the first rowing club to benefit from Sport England’s new Small Grants funding programme launched in April 2009. The Club received a grant of £8634 to purchase its first coxless quad sculling boat complete with 4 pairs of oars.
The Club has a thriving junior membership, which continues to grow year on year thanks to a dedicated coaching team who put in hours each week coaching, planning and attending competitions. The Club takes juniors from age 11 through its links with local schools and taster days.
The boat and oars provided by the grant will be used to sustain participation amongst Junior-16’s and older in training and competition, and promote excellence at regional level rowing competition.
2002 – Essentially New!
In 2002 the Club and other river users benefitted from a Community Club Development Programme (CCDP) grant, a government initiative to support community based clubs. The funding provided essential restoration work to Hirst Weir, without which rowing on this stretch of water would no longer have been possible, and refurbishment and enlargement of the Ladies changing rooms which were not compliant with Sport England guidelines.
Year 2000 – Project Oarsome!
2000 saw the Amateur Rowing Association (now British Rowing) launch Project Oarsome, a scheme designed to increase junior participation by linking clubs with local schools. Bradford ARC joined the scheme in 2001 linking with Titus Salt School and bringing in a fleet of boats for junior beginners. The project has been very successful at bringing junior members into the Club, and has developed links with Beckfoot School, Bingley Grammar School and St Joseph’s College. As the junior squad has grown both the Club and external funders have contributed to the purchase of additional boats and oars.
1999 – Extended Facilities!
Club members (with some professional help) built an extension to the Clubhouse in order to relocate the men’s changing rooms, which also meant that the gym facilities could be extended and improved.