THE new manager of Henley Rowing Club says she wants to encourage more people to take up the sport
THE new manager of Henley Rowing Club says she wants to encourage more people to take up the sport.
Beverley Mulrooney became the first permanent manager of the Wargrave Road club earlier this month and says she wants to grow the membership.
Mrs Mulrooney, 53, from Reading, was previously secretary of Henley Golf Club.
She said: ?This is a role they created for me as the club hasn?t had a manager before.
?It has been run by a team of volunteers and they?ve done a great job over the years. My first three weeks have been really enjoyable as everyone has been really supportive and helpful.
?I?ve got to work with the captain, David Lister, and taken guidance from him and other members on what they want. I?ve got a lot to learn about rowing.?
Mrs Mulrooney, who used to manage a sports centre in Lower Earley, began working at the golf club in Harpsden after losing her husband Tony to cancer in 2002. Her role was part time at first but became full time. At the rowing club, she is planning refurbishment of the bar, which will be painted, cleaned and polished by volunteers next month. She then plans to rent out the clubhouse as a venue for parties and functions.
She also wants to introduce recreational rowing sessions to help increase membership with a three-week course for adults and an eight-week course for children, starting at the end of this month.
The club received a £10,000 grant from Sport England last week which has been used to buy two new boats for recreational rowing. The club, which was founded in 1839, is one of three rowing clubs in the town along with Leander and Upper Thames. Mrs Mulrooney said: ?All the clubs have a part to play in the town and all attract different age groups and profiles.
?We work closely with the other clubs and the River and Rowing Museum. We?ve all been here a long time. I like Henley. Before I started at the golf club I had spent time in the town and been to the royal regatta and other social events.
?I?m looking forward to the exciting challenges ahead and working with members and volunteers at the club.?