December 5 2013 Latest news:
Alex Hurrell, Reporter
Thursday, September 19, 2013
North Norfolk Surf Life Saving Club has been given a £31,000 grant to provide showers and changing areas at its Cromer base.
The money, from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Grant scheme, will be used to convert the back of the promenade club house, at the base of the resort’s Red Lion steps.
It would pay for male and female facilities and storage areas, which would mean the club could start offering junior lifeguard programmes and other activities to schools and other community organisations, according to Adam Frere-Smith, the club’s development officer.
Until now, those programmes could not be offered because safeguarding rules meant facilities for children had to be segregated according to gender, he explained.
“We’re very excited. We first applied two-and-a-half years ago so it’s great news,” he added.
The work would take place over the winter and the new facilities would be ready for use by next summer.
The club started in 2008 with nine members and now has about 100, aged from eight to 65. It began by training lifeguards for the RNLI, but now teaches “sport with a purpose” – fitness, sport and life-saving skills – for all.
Club members are celebrating after finishing eighth out of 22 teams in the recent Surf Life Saving Senior National Championships of Great Britain, held in Perrenporth, Cornwall. The north Norfolk team came home with eight bronze medals.
And they will be hosting the third annual East Coast Surf Classic competition in Cromer on October 12-13. The event will be postponed until October 26-27 if there is no wind.