Official Opening (PR)

Below is the the press release for the official opening of the clubs new facilities.
SPORT SCOTLAND OPENS DOORS FOR PERTHSHIRE SAILING CLUB
 
Funding from Perth and Kinross Council, the Cairncross Trust,the Thomson Trust and a major grant from Sport Scotland has enabled the members of Loch Tummel Sailing Club, Foss by Pitlochry, to extend their clubhouse and to provide access and accessible changing facilities for sailing enthusiasts young and old, able-bodied and those with disabilities.
 
Alan Thomson, from Aberfeldy, who has been a member of the Club since 1961, cut the ribbon on Saturday, in front of the members and invited guests. Alan who at 86 still sails regularly in the club's Sunday racing programme, where he's joined by a mix of sailing friends from 4 to 84, both locals and those from further afield.
 
Founded in 1960 at Foss on the south west shore of Loch Tummel the club has been a favourite venue for Scottish dinghy sailors for many years. 'Tummel Week' at the end of July is a fixture in the Scottish sailing calendar and draws competitors from all over the country.
 
The past few years have seen a growth in membership, and a large youth training programme, which has seen several young members going on to be selected for national squad training, has put a big strain on the facilities.
 
Two years ago the membership felt that their clubhouse, a 100 year old corrugated iron former schoolhouse, should be upgraded to provide better facilities for young local sailors and for sailors with disabilities.
 
Club funds, and donations from several Trusts, were matched with a grant from Sport Scotland and in January the club embarked on a building programme to upgrade the premises.
 
The improved facilities have allowed the club to become a Registered RYA Training Centre which will allow it to run various sailing courses and has already held an open day for schools under the Perthshire Active Schools programme.
 
Neil Ferguson, Commodore of the Loch Tummel Sailing Club commented, "This has been two years of hard work for us - but it has resulted in wonderful new facilities, new members from local communities and national recognition. This year we've been chosen as Royal Yacht Association Scotland 'Club of the Year' and we've been awarded Volvo Champion Club status. We think it was worth it and we're sure that those from all over the country who visit Perthshire to sail with us year after year will think so too."
 
Louise Martin CBE, Chair, sportscotland said: “sportscotland was delighted to have supported the new changing accommodation and clubhouse refurbishment at Loch Tummel Sailing Club with an investment of £97,625 from sportscotland’s Building for Sport programme.
 
“The new facilities will hopefully see the club able to increase its membership allowing it to continue to grow and develop as well as enhancing its training capability to help develop the skills of young sailors.”
 
Attached Photograph shows from left John Gheel Sports Scotland, Alan Thomson, and Neil Ferguson club Commodore at the ribbon cutting.
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