Creation of £1 million water
sports centre reaches major milestone
Just two months after the start of work on a new £1
million training centre for the water sports industry at Stithians
Lake, the construction of the new building has passed an important
milestone with a topping out ceremony to mark the completion
of the building's block work.
With cement trowels in hand, Lady Mary Holborow, Lord Lieutenant
of Cornwall, assisted representatives of the scheme's major
investors today (21 July) with the laying of one of the final
The project has moved at a rapid pace since the necessary
investment package was secured in April from the Objective
One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the South
West Regional Development Agency (RDA) and Sport England.
After the diggers moved in to prepare the site in May no
time has been wasted in making the dream of a brand new multipurpose
training and club facility a reality, with the project currently
on schedule for completion in Spring 2005.
As it stands at the moment, Stithians Lake attracts around
50,000 visits a year from people coming to take part in watersports,
as well as fishing, bird watching, camping and walking
although the only facilities are a selection of portable buildings,
wooden sheds and a concrete store.
When complete the new centre will provide classrooms, computer
access, boat and equipment storage, clubroom and changing
facilities. Money will also be spent on environmental improvements
and interpretation, a new slipway and pontoon, orienteering
courses, a cycle track and bridleway.
Half of the cost of the centre has been provided by Sport
England, the strategic lead for sport in England, while other
partners in the project include Cornwall County Council, Kerrier
District Council, Falmouth College, South West Water and the
South West Lakes Trust.
Stephen Bohane, RDA Head of Operations in Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly said: "Cornwall has a booming inland
water sports industry and so the provision of qualified instructors
to service this sector is essential. The new facilities starting
to take shape at Stithians Lake will provide a safe year-round
venue for vocational training offering the opportunity for
those wishing to pursue a career in the watersports industry
to train in the county and then remain in the region to take
up jobs, possibly even teaching the Olympic athletes of the
Jim Clarke, Sport England's South West Regional Director,
said: "We are delighted to be able to provide substantial
funding for this project. At Sport England we aim to give
people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to start,
stay and succeed at sport and physical activity at every level.
The Stithians Lake scheme enables us to provide the South
West region with a valuable resource that will be of a long
term benefit to the whole community."
Carleen Kelemen, Objective One Programme Director, said: "It is great to see the developments at Stithians Lake
moving forward. The new facilities will provide excellent
vocational training facilities, enabling the area to make
the most of this fantastic natural environment. It is also
a great opportunity for the area to attract greater visitor
numbers, which will have a positive effect on the economic
regeneration of the area."
The new centre has been designed in line with recommendations
from Sport England with a low profile building that
will merge into the landscape and avoid wind shadows for watersports
The centre will be run by the South West Lakes Trust (SWLT),
an independent charity set up in April 2000 that now manages
the land around 50 lakes, reservoirs and stretches of riverbank,
including watersports centres at Siblyback, Tamar Lakes and
James Platts from SWLT said: "We are all very excited
at the progress of construction that Cathedral Builders are
maintaining and are looking forward to completion. The Development
Officer jobs will be advertised shortly and with their help
the centre will become a thriving hub of water sports training
and a sports facility for the whole community."
Investment for the project includes £487,000 from Sport
England, £310,000 from Objective One (European Regional
Development Fund), £125,000 from the RDA, £50,000
from South West Water, £10,000 from Cornwall County
Council, £7,300 from the South West Lakes Trust, £2,000
from Kerrier District Council and £2,000 from Falmouth
College. The remaining funding will come from clubs, businesses
and Wendron Parish Council.
The South West Regional Development Agency was established
in 1999. Our most important role is to ensure the long term
economic success of the region, by promoting the right skills
among its workforce, the most innovative businesses, and a
high quality environment.
For further information contact:
Deborah Clark & Associates
South West Lakes Trust
Objective One Communications
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01579 370991
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