Periodically over the years the Education and Charity Committee has supported Fulham Reach Boat Club and the Company was delighted to receive the following message:
Dear FRBC Supporter
I hope this email finds you well!
Thank you for your support of Fulham Reach Boat Club. 2023 has been a busy year for FRBC where we underwent significant internal changes, launched new projects, and forged numerous community partnerships. We bid farewell to our Founder and CEO of nine years, Steve O’Connor, welcoming Adam Freeman-Pask as our new CEO. Highlights included winning the Sports Innovation Award for our Boats not Bars project at the Sports Business Awards 2023, enabling 866 children and young people from 10 different state schools reap the physical, mental and social benefits of rowing through our State School Rowing project and extending our reach by 37% at our Free Water Sports Weeks supporting 322 participant places with over 1000 free meals and 500 snacks provided and 105 hours of free holiday programme including 75 active hours.
You can view a short film here which captures all our 2023 charitable work alongside our club activities and you can read much more about the impact of our work. We have also produced a community voice report this year for the first time which listens to the needs of our community and helps us to understand how to better serve them through our mission to inclusive opportunities.
Excitingly, we’ve just heard that we’ve been shortlisted for British Rowing’s Club of the Year and Project of the Year Award again, which is testament to our team’s commitment to making rowing inclusive and accessible. We will hear more in the New Year!
On Saturday 6th January we are thrilled to be the first boat club in the UK to offer a preview private screening opportunity of The Boys in the Boat film at Riverside Studios. This eagerly awaited American biographical film (released in the UK on 12th January) is co-produced and directed by George Clooney and portrays the University of Washington crew that represented the United States in the men’s eight at the 1936 Summer Olympic games in Berlin. It is a compelling and inspiring tale of resilience, determination, and the power of teamwork. Simply put, it’s compulsive viewing for FRBC rowers and supporters alike! If you and a guest are able to join us please reserve your place. Tickets are on a first come first served basis.
Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your continuous support, enabling us to provide Rowing for All now and in the future.
Wishing you a peaceful and restful Christmastime and good health and happiness for 2024!
Fulham Reach Boat Club