Droylsden Water Adventure Centre receives double funding boost
Thursday 12th January 2017 @ 10:31 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News

Droylsden’s Water Adventure Centre has received a double boost this week thanks to two separate sets of funding.

The centre on Fairfield Locks was recently given a £74,169 cheque of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund. Working with local partners such as Action Together and Active Tameside to apply, the centre was one of 148 sports projects to receive a share of the £9million pot.

The money will be spent on upgrading the centre’s clubhouse, including extensive disability access measures, bigger changing rooms and a larger community and youth space.

John Byrne, Trustee Chair at the Water Adventure Centre welcomed the news. He said: “WAC is very excited to have been granted this award. It’s such an amazing opportunity to be able to upgrade our building to match the quality of the work we deliver with young people and the community. This is our 40th year working in the local area and this renovation should help us ensure the next 40 years.”

Local MP Angela Rayner added: “This investment by Sport England into the Water Adventure Centre is fantastic news. It’s great that WAC is being supported to continue its work with young people and the local community. The improved space and increased accessibility will mean a facility that benefits the whole community”
The centre also recently received its share of a £3million fund from the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities. The money helps the centre support vulnerable young people from across Greater Manchester through water sports.

Kat Louis, a Youth Worker at the Water Adventure Centre said: “We qualified for three years of funding from AGMA and we’re currently in the last year of that. We’re hoping to apply for the next round of funding to continue the services we provide.

“We use the funding to bring children, young people and community groups who are most vulnerable or in need to the Water Adventure Centre for a fun session on the water, involving kayaking, canoeing and water play etc. We have fully-qualified coaches and youth workers on hand during every session and those that come always have a great time.

She continued: “We know that these groups are often under-funded and ran by volunteers so asking for money from them would undercut the service – the AGMA funding means we don’t need to do that.”

Other organisations to have received AGMA funding include the Royal Exchange Theatre, the Oldham Coliseum and the Proud Trust.

Since opening its doors in 1977, the Water Adventure Centre has helped thousands of young people get into water sports, and delivers water activities around the Ashton Canal with local communities and groups from across Greater Manchester.