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Promoting Sports Participation on the Thames

The Thames Vision goal is to achieve greater participation in sport and recreation on and alongside the water.  The potential for increased participation is huge, both in existing centres of activity in West London and as new riverside communities develop in East London.

We are actively promoting sports participation on the Thames through initiatives including our Sports Participation Fund and case studies about how sports are being delivered. 

Sports Participation Fund

£40,000 was made available in Round 1 of the Sports Participation Fund to assist clubs on the Thames with projects that will enable them to make watersports on the Thames available to more people.

The aim of the fund is to enable more people to get involved in activities such as canoeing, paddleboarding, rowing and sailing on the Thames.  Already we have supported projects which will boost paddling at Canvey Island and fixed seat rowing in Deptford. 

Grants of between £2,000-10,000, for equipment and engagement programmes, have been awarded.  Beneficiaries include: The Ahoy Centre, Alexandra Yacht Club, Cambria Sea Scouts, Gravesend Regatta Society, 3rd Osterley Sea Scouts and Twickenham Yacht Club.  See press release.

Round 2 has not yet been launched. Criteria is to be confirmed but will likely build on the current requirements:

  • The need for the investment and what obstacle to participation it will help address;
  • The impact the investment will have on increased participation, providing measurable targets where possible;
  • Local community support for the proposal;
  • Other sources of financial support that have been sought and/or obtained; and
  • How the impact of the investment will be maximised in the longer term.

For more information on this, or our developing collaborative projects focused on Workforce, Provision and Use of Club Houses and Water Sport Centres, please contact Jenny Cooper, Sports Participation and Community Outreach Manager, on j[email protected]

Case studies

Watersports are delivered on the Thames by different types of organisation, ranging from traditional clubs to those with full time staff.  We have developed these five case studies to give an initial insight into how they operate.  

Case Studies

To view our case studies, click on the pdf links below:


Fulham Reach Boat Club

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AHOY Centre

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London Cornish Pilot Gig Club

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Westminster Boating Base

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Benfleet Yacht Club

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