Duchess of Northumberland Opens New World-Class Rowing Facilities on the Tyne

20th July 2016

The Duchess naming S V Rutter

The Duchess naming S V Rutter

Reece Group are pleased to support the strong tradition of rowing on the Tyne through the sponsorship of new £1m facilities that aim to secure the next generation of talent.

The Duchess of Northumberland officially opened the impressive new boathouse at Tyne Amateur Rowing Club (ARC), Newburn, Newcastle.

The Duchess said: “I am delighted to celebrate the opening of the new clubhouse, which I’m sure, will not only provide an excellent breeding ground for future British rowers but will become a key asset to the local community.

“It is apparent that a lot of hard work has taken place to get the club where it is today and I have no doubt with this facility, the club will be able to draw upon its experience and history and project itself into the future, perpetuating rowing on Tyne.”

Parade of boats / Sail past

Parade of boats past the new £1M Tyne Rowing clubhouse on the banks of the river Tyne at Newburn

The new £1m Tyne Amateur Rowing Club boathouse on the bank of the Tyne at Newburn.

The boathouse has been financed by National Lottery funding from Sport England, Newcastle City Council, donations from local businesses including Reece Group, and a £250,000 bequest from John Dalkin, a Tyne Rowing Club member who passed away in 2010.

Club Chairman, Simon Dobson, said: “As one of the country’s oldest sporting clubs, which has nurtured and developed rowing talent for over 160 years, this new clubhouse will help us to provide for many generations to come.

The new £1m Tyne Amateur Rowing Club boathouse on the bank of the Tyne at Newburn, Ian Boyd, honorary vice president of Tyne Amateur Rowing Club chats to junior member Olivia Capocci 17 (pic Dave Charlton)

Ian Boyd 69, masters member and honorary VP chats to junior member Olivia Capocci 17 (photo by Dave Charlton)

“We have thriving adult and junior squads, and through offering such dedicated and modern facilities, we hope to increase participation in rowing.”

The impressive two-story building will provide training facilities for its 200 plus members, the local community and charities including the Percy Hedley Foundation, Thirteen Group, Veterans at Ease and Visually Impaired North East. Sporting, conference, and hospitality facilities are also available for use by the wider community. Tyne ARC will also continue to work closely with Newcastle University.

Simon Dobson (right) chairman of Tyne Amateur Rowing Club with Phil Kite CEO Reece Group in the new Clubhouse (pic Dave Charlton)

Simon Dobson (right) chairman of Tyne Amateur Rowing Club with Phil Kite CEO Reece Group in the new Clubhouse (photo by Dave Charlton)

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North, has championed plans for the new development from the outset. She said: “I am really thrilled to be taking part in this celebration of the River Tyne’s proud history.  Hopefully, the new facilities will help to encourage even more people from all backgrounds across Newcastle to have a go at rowing, along this fantastic stretch of water.”

Reece Group sponsored the building of the boathouse as part of its commitment to supporting organisations in the West of Newcastle.

CEO, Phil Kite, said: “We are pleased to be playing a part in supporting this new clubhouse that we hope will continue the strong tradition of rowing on the Tyne and also provide more community facilities to this area of Newcastle.”