Unique club part of Whitby’s character

BOTH Friendship and Fisherlads Rowing Clubs in Whitby are at the forefront of a local schools rowing club which continues to attract youngsters in the area.

Active Scarborough, Whitby, Filey Sports Unlimited money was used to launch the unique club which draws on the expertise of both the Friendship and Fishermen’s rowing clubs.

Children from all 22 schools in the Whitby area attend the club on a Monday evening.

Barry Brown from the Fisherman’s Club said: “We are delighted with the number of children that have attended the club, but more importantly with the number of younger children that we have retained as full members.”

John Eglon from Friendship said: “We have junior races taking place and at least four crews involved have formed as a direct result of the schools rowing club.

“Plans are already in place for this year’s club and we have been liaising with school sports co-ordinators to make sure that the third year is even better than the first two.”

Pete Woolley, from the Ryedale and Whitby Sports Partnership, said: “The response to the schools rowing project when it was first launched has been fantastic.

“Offshore rowing is such a fundamental part of the tradition and character of the town that it has been a pleasure to be involved in a project that leads a legacy of young people into the sport.”