Manvers Waterfront Boat Club now has over 2,000 members and with National and Regional Events restarting, we are bursting at the seams. We are excited to announce that we have applied to Rotherham Council for planning permission to add an additional ground floor bay to the boathouse annex for the storage of Canoe, Kayaks, Dragon Boats, Stand up Paddle boards [SUP] and Windsurfers.
The £300,000 scheme also includes the conversion of space above the boat store into a multisport club room and storage. To be accessed from the lake side by an enclosed external lift, stair case and balcony.
Chris. Hawkesworth, President of the Club and Chair of the charity trustees said this week.
“We are really pleased to feel able to add additional space for both our members and the public. We operate 365 days a year, dawn till dusk and beyond. Our members range from Olympic aspirants to beginners, and under our “Team Manvers” banner we compete in land and water events all over the world. However, our home base, now recognised as a centre of excellence needs to be equipped to the latest modern standards for coaching, training, practice and casual participation”.
“In addition, all 3 blue light emergency services use our facilities for training and want to expand their use. The Club also hosts Tai Chi and other martial arts. We are Adventure Activities Licenced by the Health and Safety Inspectorate to facilitate children’s sport and recreation and this enhances our educational offer and reinforces our partnership with Dearne Valley College”.
“I see this as a win, win for the area, vindication of the 1990’s policy of regeneration of the former mine and railway workings of Manvers Main and Wath Coking works that used to occupy the site.
Chris went on to say.
“I am extremely proud of what we are achieving. We have received over £100,000 in donations from public, private, other charities and various not for profit organisations already. We are backed by Sport England, the Environment Agency, South Yorkshire Sport, Dearne Valley College, Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue to name but a few. I am sure we will get there with the money to enable a build later in this coming winter”.1
Trevor Coldron – Site Supervisor said
“As a local resident, I think this will not only be of huge benefit to the Club but also the local community”.
Mark Benton – Club Chair said
“I never thought for one moment that the club would attract so many members. The limited storage space is starting to restrict the activities that can take place, as we have limited space to store equipment.
We hope that the large room above the boat store will enable the club to improve the range of training available to members throughout the year”.
Chris Wordsworth - Technical and Commercial Manager said
“This exciting project will give addition of extra space and will enable the club to continue to expand. The extra rooms will be also used in conjunction with local partnerships to help support local activities.
Additional winter activities will be achieved throughout the winter periods to help support and promote the Club”.
Manvers Lake & Dearne Valley Trust are pleased to announce that the main car park at Manvers Waterfront Boat Club is to be improved by relevelling and surfacing with tarmac. I am sure you will all agree that this will be a major improvement that will benefit all users of the facilities at Manvers Lake.
The car park will be closed from 9 pm on Sunday 21st June to 6 am on Saturday 27th June while the levelling and surfacing work is carried out. There will then be a further short closure between 9 pm on Sunday 5th July and 3 pm on Monday 6th July for white lining work.
As a consequence, there will be some modifications to normal club activities during this period – these will be posted on the Facebook groups for each section of the club. If you have any questions about how your section’s activities will be affected, please contact your section head.
Manvers Lake Café will remain open throughout the work period.
Two Team Manvers coaches have featured on the British Triathlon Facebook page in recognition of their efforts throughout the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Gavin King is a maths teacher who has been providing schoolwork for his pupils and support for their parents whilst studying at home. He’s also a level 2 coach at Team Manvers, leading Zwift online sessions during the lockdown. Join us in thanking Gavin for his continued work in helping students and parents during the crisis
Gary Ridgeway is a firefighter and alongside regular duties, has been assisting other agencies in their work throughout the pandemic. He’s also a level 2 coach at Team Manvers and has been supporting members with their training whilst at home. Thank you Gary for the work that you and your colleagues across the emergency services are doing to help keep us safe during the crisis.
Firstly, thank you for your patience over the last few months. We really appreciate your continued support in making this a safe and successful club.
Following the revised social distancing measures which were recently announced by the government, the club committee has been seeking further guidance and advice from Sport England and the various National Governing Bodies (NGBs). We believe we can now restart some of the club’s activities, but this can only be done if all of us act responsibly and abide by the “social distancing” rules specified by the government.
The Committee has and will continue to monitor the situation and update you weekly when new information is provided. Our aim is to keep everyone safe - members, coaches, volunteers, members of staff and the public.
Therefore, we have agreed that the following activities will restart this week. We must stress that this is not a “return to normal”. There will be no formal club sessions – what we are doing is making the lake available for club members to use for their own exercise in line with the current government rules.
This has meant putting in extra restrictions and limitations on all the activities that are being allowed to take place. Unfortunately, it also means that restarting some club activities will be delayed until a safe way of operating can be agreed.
We have laid out the following timescales and new rules that have temporary been introduced for your safety. Please see the comments under the section, your section leader will advise any details on changes and how the section will operate.
Wednesday 13 May – Main Car Park Re-opens
Thursday 14 May – Angling, Open Water Swimming to restart (see below)
Friday 15 May – Café to re-open 9am till 3pm (Take Away only, Contactless Payments only)
Additional Information - Please Read!
Day time only 6am – 8pm
Open Water Swimming
Permitted Times: (In the Water Time)
Mon – Fri 6am till 8am
Sat - 6am - 8 am
Sun (7am - 8 am)
Paddlesport Including SUP
Thursday – 6pm – 8pm
Saturday – 10am – 1pm
Tuesday – 6pm – 8pm
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We are all living in uncertain, unsettling and anxious times.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to members and committee members that have lost loved ones to Coronavirus.
To our many members that work in the NHS or are key workers, we are so proud of you all and thank you from the bottom of our hearts .
I am writing to you to advise you how your Trust and Committee members are dealing with the various evolving challenges and what are our priorities in order to come out of the other side as intact as possible.
Our joint number one priority is to ensure we have enough money and cash flow to pay the bills. The good news is that currently we have combined cash reserves to last beyond the end of May. We have comprehensive and robust plans in place to manage our cash for the duration by also taking advantage of the various initiatives of national and local government, volunteer organisations and Sport England.
Our other priority is to keep our people together, whether they be members, trustees, volunteers, or staff.
As you may be aware we have:
To ensure we re-open with the minimum of fuss we have enacted the following:-
Some our planned events have been cancelled and others are under review as plans to come out of lockdown develop. We are looking forward to the Summer and Autumn being very busy.
We also have some good news.
We cannot wait to reopen and start club activities again, we have really missed the social aspect of the club and spending time at the lake.
We would like to thank the coaches and volunteers that have provided online activities and coaching during the crisis and hope members have enjoyed being kept busy with these.
The committee are looking at how we be fair with the unused portion of your membership during the lockdown and would welcome your thoughts on this. We understand that some members will be suffering financial hardship and the club will be as flexible as possible. However, if it is at all possible please can you to renew your membership when it becomes due?
Stay safe, stop at home, help the NHS and save lives.
President MWBC and Chair of Manvers Lake Trust
By know we are sure you all know about the Government advice on "Social Distancing" to reduce and slow the spread of COVID-19. But Social Distancing doesn't mean that you have to be a couch potato! You are allowed to go out for a walk and get some fresh air - and with a few precautions it will do you the world of good!
If only there was somewhere nearby where you could go for a walk, enjoy great scenery. Somewhere with enough space to stay at least 2 metres from other people. Somewhere that had a cafe serving hot drinks and delicious snacks. Wouldn't that be fantastic?
There is such a place and it is called Manvers Lake!
So why not come along to Manvers and enjoy a break from all of the doom and gloom on TV. We have even removed the car parking charges so you can park for free!
The impact of the (COVID-19) pandemic is already being felt in many aspects of our lives and this is likely to escalate in the coming weeks.
In light of the latest UK Government advice, and the subsequent guidance issued by the various National Governing Bodies of the club's activities we have decided to suspend all club sessions until 30th April 2020.
The club takes the safety of our volunteers and members very seriously, and will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as required via the club website at https://www.mwbc.org.uk and via social media.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask that you all bear with us in these trying times.
Club paddlers Iga and Pola Tomasik have been selected to represent England in Canoe Slalom in the 2020 Pan Celtic Cup Competition. Iga is Boat 1 in the Womens K1 J12 class, sister Pola is reserve in Womens K1 J14.
The competition will take place at the following races in the 2020 canoe slalom season:
Grandtully Premier Saturday 11 April (Senior/U23/J18/J16)
Grandtully Division 1 Saturday 18 April (Vet/M/J14/J12)
Cardiff Premier Saturday 8 May (Senior/U23/J18/J16)
Llandysul Division 2/3 Sunday 9 May (Vet/M/J14/J12)
HPP Division 2 Saturday 7 June (Vet/M/J14/J12)
Tees Premier Saturday 17 October Senior/U23/J18/J16
Thanks to funding from the Wath Ward Budget Manvers Lake have this afternoon been presented with metal warning signs for all their entrances to remind visitors not to use the area on off-road motorcycles or quads bikes to make the area a safe place for all its users.
Manvers Waterfront Boat Club is a thriving multi-sport club based at Manvers Lake in South Yorkshire.