20th Jun, 2019

Spectators to gather 'in oar' for annual regatta

HUNDREDS of spectators will gather to watch in ‘oar’ as the annual regatta comes to town.

The Rosconn Group Stratford Boat Club Regatta, organised by Stratford Boat Club and sponsored by Rosconn Group, takes place on Saturday June 17 between 8.30am and 6.30pm.

Rowers have taken to the Avon every year since 1879, and the event attracts participants and supporters from far and wide.

The race will take place on the town stretch of the river from Holy Trinity Church to the club headquarters by The Tramway Bridge.

Visitors can enjoy the race from Bancroft Gardens and the Recreation Ground as well as a barbecue, beer and tea tent in the club grounds.

There will also be plenty of fundraising fun and games riverside as well, from hook-a-duck to a raffle and tombola, organised by Heart of England Mencap – this year’s nominated charity.

The charity which supports local people with learning disabilities, already benefits from close links with Stratford Boat Club who help Mencap customers enjoy rowing sessions in adapted boats.

Adaptive coach Mark Dewdney said: “Anyone can get involved in rowing, regardless of physical disability, sensory or learning impairment.

“Adaptive rowing means that equipment and training can be modified to meet the rower’s needs and abilities as closely as possible. We will listen and learn to help the participant to get the most out of the sport. There are many benefits to being involved in rowing; the sense of freedom, making life-long friends, and learning new skills whilst keeping fit and healthy. All this can be done on the water or indoors, just for fun or to compete in races.”

Club president Paul Stanton added the charitable aspect of the race emphasises the importance the club attaches to being a working part of the local community.

Parties interested in sponsoring the event should contact christopherbest03@gmail.com.

Visit www.stratford-rowing.co.uk/regatta-2017 for more information.

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