Lottery grant boosts Chesterton Rowing Club women's squad with new boat for Town Bumps
Rachel Newby has hailed an exciting time at Chesterton Rowing Club after a National Lottery grant has allowed them to buy a new boat for their women’s squad.
They were awarded £10,000 through Sport England to support the recent success and growth of the squad.
Chesterton have a total membership of 80, and their top boat in the women’s squad finished eighth in the annual Town Bumps last year, their most successful campaign in recent years.
They started life as Pye Rowing Club, and have been around since the 1930s.
The new women’s boat will be named Annie Eliza, after Annie Eliza Pye, the wife of William George Pye who founded Pye Telecommunications.
Newby, captain of Chesterton Rowing Club, is thrilled to have been awarded the funding.
“Chesterton Rowing Club is excited to grow its fleet of boats,” she said. “We have been able to purchase our fantastic new women’s eight just in time for Cambridge Town Bumps.
“The purchase will enable women of all ages to compete at the highest levels in both Cambridge and the UK. Thank you to the National Lottery for making this possible. “