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Tideway announce the recipients of extra Active Thames funding

Around and Around: Lively Lady

Eleven additional community clubs are to receive Active Thames funding, thanks to a boost from Tideway, the company building London’s 25km state-of-the-art sewer. From Fulham in West London to Leigh-on-Sea in the Thames Estuary, clubs will be able to offer more opportunities to paddle, sail, row and walk along the Thames this summer.

Active Thames is an important part of our vision for the tidal Thames (Thames Vision 2050) , creating a river that is  accessible to all and a destination for sport and leisure. The boost from Tideway will bring new, diverse audiences to the river, and support sports clubs to provide taster days, courses and family-friendly events this summer. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact that Tideway’s investment it will have.”

-- Jenny Cooper-Low, Lead - Thames Vision and Partnerships

“It’s wonderful to be able to mark this milestone with support for the Active Thames programme, which is a fantastic way not only of reconnecting people with this iconic river as it begins its rejuvenation, but of giving people who really need support an opportunity to benefit from activities in and alongside the Thames and other London waterways.”

-- John Sage, Tideway’s Head of Corporate Responsibility

This is a key year for Tideway as its infrastructure begins protecting the river from pollution for the first time, after eight years of construction. 

To date the Active Thames partnership has awarded over £430,000 to 56 different clubs, encouraging sport and physical activity on the region’s blue spaces. 

If you’d like to be the first to know about Active Thames funding in the future, follow the Port of London Authority on its social media channels.

Active Thames Tideway Boost – fund recipients

Greenwich UK Parkinson's Support Group

Walking, Thames Path

£1,554.52 of funding will deliver bimonthly Pole Walking session (using specially designed strapless poles) for people living with Parkinson's and their care partners. A local Parkinson’s exercise specialist will deliver the sessions. Exercise tools called ‘Smoveys’ will be purchased to ensure the programme is accessible and provide an alternative to walking poles, and two volunteers will be trained to support future walks.

Around and Around - Lively Lady

Sailing, Thames and Medway Estuaries

£3,970.98 will update Lively Lady, the boat that the late Sir Alec Rose used to make his famous single-handed voyage around the world in 1968. The funding will be used to provide updated electrical, navigation, and safety equipment that is essential to supporting the volunteer team to achieve their ambitions, including getting people out sailing who would never normally have the chance to do so, and maintaining this historic yacht.

The Line

Walking, Thames Path and Lee navigation

£5,000 will go towards The Line’s Youth Guides’ programme, which supports local young people to develop transferrable skills and improve employability by providing training and work opportunities in the arts and heritage sector. The grant will go towards paying the London Living wage to the Youth Guides (18-21), who will work as guides on the route around Greenwich Peninsula, visiting artworks along the Line, every Saturday for eight weeks from mid-July. 

Tideway Sailability

Sailing and Windsurfing, Greenland Dock

£5,000 will go towards purchasing a new Hansa 303 Access Sailing boat, which is specially designed to cater for people with a broad range of disabilities. This will expand their existing fleet to eight, increasing their capacity for each session to 20 people. This purchase is part of their strategy to expand and renew their existing fleet to meet the ever-increasing needs of disabled and disadvantaged members of the community.


Walking, Thames Path

£5,000 will provide weekly guided walks for adults with learning disabilities and autism, exploring the Thames Path. Walks will provide physical activity and learning, connecting people with the Thames. The funding will pay for a coordinator to manage the regular walks and support the learning sessions back at Re-Instate's Hub in Bexley.

4th/6th Leigh-on-Sea Sea Scouts

Kayaking, Thames – Old Leigh

£3,687.50 will enable the Sea Scouts to replace their ageing buoyancy aids and single-seater kayaks, supporting over 70 young people to get active on the Thames Estuary this summer. The group also plan to organise taster day for adults, and to raise their profile in Essex.

Gravesend Rowing Club

Rowing, Thames

£1,500 will enable five volunteers from the club to gain powerboating qualifications, meaning they can provide safety support for junior and beginner rowing sessions. The club will run two taster sessions and a ‘Learn to Row’ course this summer, recruiting from a broad network of community organisations in Gravesham.

Laburnum Boat Club

Paddling, narrow boating

£4,795 of funding will support this charity to provide six, paid week-long work experience placements in paddlesports for disadvantaged young people, narrowboat trips for adults with mental health challenges, and three clean up days on the Regent’s Canal which will promote environmental awareness. Over 200 people will benefit from the funding this summer. 

Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre

Paddling, rowing, sailing and outward-bound activities

Each summer, Shadwell Basin runs an exciting programme of watersports and outward-bound activities for young people in Tower Hamlets. £4,992 will go towards the cost of employing coaches to deliver the courses, and the purchase of new buoyancy aids. In total, Shadwell intend to work with 300 young people over the summer, many of whom will be from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Popular HARCA

Paddling, Limehouse Cut

The community paddling club, now known as ‘Oar & Explore,’ will use their funding of £4,500 to provide family, disability and women-only paddling sessions on the Limehouse cut. Having grown to over 50 paddlers, 95% of which are minority ethnic women, the club is looking forward to reaching new audiences this summer.

Fulham Reach Boat Club

Rowing, Thames

A new sport will arrive on the Thames in West London: beach sprint rowing. A form of coastal rowing, beach sprints require skills in sprinting on land and turning the boat quickly around buoys on the water. It is a relatively new sport that will feature in the 2028 Olympics. With their funding of £4,074, Fulham Reach Boat Club will launch taster sessions for this sport, and sliding-seat rowing, reaching adults with little or no rowing experience.

Fulham Reach Boat Club
Fulham Reach Boat Club

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