Do you have big ambitions for your rowing club in 2017? The saying goes, ‘by failing to plan, you’re planning to fail’. If you want to reach your goals for the year, it is important to take the time to plan how you will achieve them.
And what better time to do that than the beginning of the year when everyone has returned refreshed and excited for the new season?
Here are some things for you to consider in your annual plan, that will help get you started:
Is Your Rowing Club Growing?
More members joining the club means more boats, oars and equipment needed to accommodate them all. Not to mention more the additional coaching staff required to train and supervise them.
Audit Your Boats/Equipment
What state are the boats in? Does anything need replacing? If you have damaged or worn equipment, it makes sense to use the quiet winter period to get repairs or replacements carried out.
Has the focus of your club shifted in the past 12 months? Perhaps there is a higher demand for 4x or your club is hugely successful in the pairs. Do you see a growing demand for single sculls in your club? Anticipating growth makes it easier to budget for new boats and how they will fit into the existing fleet in the long run.
Are You Storing Your Equipment Effectively?
If you want to protect your equipment as well as save time getting things in and out, a home-made rack probably isn’t going to cut it in a busy boathouse. Our Sliding Boat Racks and Oar Brackets are a great way to maximise limited spaces, protect your oars and boats from damage and allow for quick and easy access, in and out of the boathouse. You can view a full breakdown of our storage solutions here.
Is Your Boathouse Adequate For The Demands Of Your Club?
If you are thinking about building a new boathouse, you need to read our guide to boathouse redevelopment. It will save you time and money in the long run!
All of these things cost money however.
How Are You Going To Fund The Expansion?
Fundraising is a great way to build community within your club and your local area, not to mention works a treat for raising the profile of your club.
Space Saver has pulled together a handy resource for fundraising ideas, which you can download for free from our shop.
Or perhaps consider sponsorship from local businesses. It’s a great way to raise their profiles in the community!
Do you have questions or suggestions for planning and improving your boathouse? Maybe you have got a redevelopment already underway. We are always interested to see what clubs are doing.
Contact us to share your projects, thoughts, questions and comments. We would love to hear from you!
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