Emsworth club’s bid to join Olympic legacy

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IT’S already a nurturing ground for world-class sailing talent. And now Emsworth Sailing Club is launching a bid to bring state-of-the-art facilities to young sailors with a £450,000 revamp.

The club, one of the oldest in Chichester Harbour, has secured a £50,000 grant from Sport England to help pay for the refurbishment.

The grant is part of Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund – and so the scheme will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark to celebrate the Olympic legacy.

The club, in Bath Road, which has more than 1,150 members, has submitted plans to Havant Borough Council to increase its facilities.

The scheme includes the refurbishment of changing rooms to give more space and a better hot water system, a new wet bar which will double as a training area, and refurbishment of the existing bar and lounge area. There would be a larger training room upstairs, opening out on to a large sheltered balcony with spectacular views down the harbour towards the Solent.

Chris Clode, vice commodore of the club, said: “This is an exciting project. We have been working on this for ten years.

“We have a very well-managed training programme and we are bringing on the young ones from the age of six. They are the future of the club.”