Dudley Watersports Centre, based at the Lodge Farm Reservoir in Netherton was awarded £50,000 from the National Lottery through its Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Fund.
The centre has used the money to create new changing room facilities, including provision for people with disabilities, a brand new training room and a sports teaching facility.
To celebrate and to mark a year since the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, local people were invited to come along to the open weekend on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.
Councillor Alan Finch, Mayor of Dudley said:
“I’m really looking forward to the open weekend and finding out more about what Dudley Watersports Centre has to offer our local communities.
“The new changing rooms and training facilities will be a real boost to the centre and to local people of all abilities and experience wanting to try one of these exciting watersports.”
Dave Smith, club chairman, said:
“Our facilities are now excellent and the improvements are really helping us to attract more people to our club. We really want to thank Sport England and the National Lottery for the investment that has made these improvements possible.”
Nick Bitel, Sport England’s Chair, said:
“A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery Investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Dudley.
“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the West Midlands who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.”