Promoting Sports Participation on the Thames

Promoting Sports Participation on the Thames

The Thames Vision goal is to achieve greater participation in sport and recreation on and alongside the water.  The potential for increased participation is huge, both in existing centres of activity in West London and as new riverside communities develop in East London.

We are actively promoting sports participation on the Thames through initiatives including our sports participation promotion fund and case studies about how sports are being delivered.

Sports promotion fund

We have a small fund of around £40,000 to assist clubs on the Thames with projects that will enable them to make watersports on the Thames available to more people.

We welcome applications for small grants of up to £10,000 towards projects that will increase sports participation on the Thames.  The aim of the fund is to enable more people to get involved in activities such as canoeing, paddleboarding, rowing and sailing on the Thames.  Already we have supported projects which will boost paddling at Canvey Island and fixed seat rowing in Deptford.

To be successful, bids will need to demonstrate:

  • The need for the investment and what obstacle to participation it will help address;
  • The impact the investment will have on increased participation, providing measurable targets where possible;
  • Local community support for the proposal;
  • Other sources of financial support that have been sought and/or obtained; and
  • How the impact of the investment will be maximised in the longer term.

The grant application form, which sets out criteria for successful bids can be found using this link.

Two rounds will be held in 2019 with the following deadlines:

  • Round one – Friday 29th March
  • Round two – Friday 27th September

If you need more information, please contact

Case studies

Watersports are delivered on the Thames by different types of organisation, ranging from traditional clubs to those with full time staff.  We have developed these four case studies to give an initial insight into how they operate.  To find out more, please get in touch.

Case Studies

To view our case studies, click on the pdf link below:

Fulham Reach Boat Club

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AHOY Centre

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London Cornish Pilot Gig Club

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Westminster Boating Base

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Benfleet Yacht Club

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Childrens event at Richmond Runfest this September

The Richmond RUNFEST are excited to announce that registration for the Kids’ Mile (14thSeptember) is now live. To celebrate the launch, they have released a 50% early bird discount of £7.50 for the first 100 registrants. 
Race director, Tom Bedford said: “As in previous years, we are offering 800 free places into the Kids’ Mile to local participating schools. Also, after a successful trial last year with Me too & Co, we are excited to expand the accessible mile race for children with special needs in a friendly, non-competitive environment where every child is a winner and receives a finishers medal at the end”. 
Richmond based charity, Me too & Co, is an award winning independent charity that provide a supportive and active community for children with disabilities and additional needs, and their families. They help families with children (aged 0-25) with any physical, learning, emotional or behavioural difficulty, including those without diagnosis.
“Me Too & Co. is delighted to partner with the Richmond RUNFEST. Together we will host the accessible mile for our children who have additional needs hence making the festival a truly inclusive event for the entire community. Our children and families look forward to participating in what will be a magical day of sport where they can have a real sense of achievement”. Chair, Jennifer Peters, Me too & Co.
About the Richmond Kids’ Mile
The Richmond Kids’ Mile is held in Old Deer Park, Richmond, and is available for children aged 7-16 (including  500m races for children aged 5-7). The event is complete with live music and the Richmond Food & Fitness Expo. To add to the fun, Brentford FC CSTMarathon Kids and Lions Sports Academy also make an appearance bringing a variety of multi-sport activities to entertain the kids throughout the afternoon.
To enter the Kids’ Mile please visit:
For more information about Me too & Co please visit:

Award winners

Well done to Kew Park Rangers FC who were recently awarded community sports club of the year (non Premier club) at the Football Business Awards evening. This is a great achievement for one of our local sports clubs. Full details of all winners can be found on the website

Community Sport and Recreation Awards

The deadline to enter our Community Sport and Recreation Awards is fast approaching. The awards are free to enter, the application form takes just a few minutes to complete, and there is £5,000 worth of prize money up for grabs.

I particularly wanted to draw your attention to our Volunteering Award. The Volunteering Award celebrates clubs/programmes that make volunteering accessible to people from all backgrounds and actively rewards and thanks their volunteers.

In addition to the Volunteering Award, there are four other categories which you can enter;

• Community Engagement sponsored by the Professional Footballers’ Association;

• Creative Partnerships sponsored by Sport:80;

• Mental Health;

• Youth Development.

The closing date for entries is Sunday 18 November and you can find more information here.

If you have any questions about entering, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

Aquila Burgess

Project Officer

020 7976 3916


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Funding opportunities

Satellite Clubs are a Sport England funded-project focused on local physical activity and sport clubs designed around the needs of young people.

Key targets are supporting an increase in the number of 14-19-year olds participating regularly in physical activity and sport and are designed to reflect the likes and needs of teenagers and young adults in the local community.

Supported by or linked to a local sports club or physical activity opportunity (The Hub), satellite clubs are designed so that they respond to the specific demands for physical activity and sport from young people.

Satellite clubs should be designed to meet the needs of young people and provide a positive fun experience, giving young people the confidence to take part.

Full details are on the Sport England website