TDSWC Historic Strategy Related Documents

The documents on this page are important to consult when submitting applications for funding and creating development plans so that we maintain a consistent “story”. If policy/approach needs to change, then that change should be covered in a statement or two on the reasons for the change.

Obviously, as a previous “story” ages, it becomes easier to justify change without loosing credibility.


Sport England Small Grants Award of £10,000 (August 2013)


Pre-submission Notes

3rd August 2013

Teesdale SC notes

At the time we were debating a possible move to Hury because NWL thought we were having a huge adverse impact on their Grassholme angling revenue, which we subsequently challenged.

Around this time we introduced “Sail Experience Days” because there were people who wanted to try sailing but did not want a full RYA course.

This is really where the “Grassholme Plan” started – you should recognise the items on the plan list.

Teesdale SC Strategy Notes 3 August 2013

The small grant application and its implementation was really the short term plan – fix the stuff that was broken and make Sunday sailing less of a lottery if the safety boats were not working.

We had just 1 senior innstructor (newcomer) and 2 instructors (recently qualified) and were in the early stages of setting up and running RYA training courses, hence the comment on expanding training capability.


Teesdale SC Boat Acquisition Plan

5th August 2013

Key Points

This document was sent to Sport England as part of our grant application.

At the time of our Small Grant application, Sport England rules stated that they would not fund things that had already been purchased and that they did not fund second hand equipment.

We were in a position where we had broken rule 1 (knowingly) and wanted two second hand dinghies instead of one new one.

This document was produced to argue the case for them reimbursing the cost of the rib and buying two second hand dinghies instead of one.

The fact that these craft are still in use by TDSWC after (7 years in 2020) is important ithat they represent an example of how we look after grant funded equipment and any planned disposal decisions should be made with care!


Teesdale SC Project Delivery Programme

5th August 2013

Key Points

This document was sent to Sport England as part of our grant application.

We started sowing seeds about obtaining 2 dinghies instead of 1, if finance allowed, so that we could speed up our plans.

We also highlighted the need to target younger sailors in addition to the Sport England target group of 14-25 year olds


Teesdale SC Responses to Questions 29 August 2013

30th August 2013

Key Points

This was sent in response to questions raised by Sport England

It highlights a number of interesting areas:

  • Teesdale Sailing Club 2013 accounts
  • The problem of funding second-hand equipment
  • The need to be clear about and to quantify the anticipated use of equipment

These were early days for everyone (including Sport England) and things have become a lot simpler and professional.


Teesdale SC Small Grant

15th August 2014

Key Points

This was sent to Sport England and is our end of term report

It demonstrates and raises a number of points including:

  • Investing more than we said at the outset
  • Delivering more than we said at the outset
  • Achieving our growth targets earlier than forecast
  • Sowed the member age profile emerging problem

We also questioned their objective of focussing on 14+ age group by suggesting under 14’s become over 14’s given a bit of time!

Finally we hinted at our development strategy and linked this award to our Inspired Facilities submission


Small Grants Project Return

15th August 2014

Key Points

We used the end of term formal submission to highlight the fact that we were involved in a 3 stage recovery/development plan and this was stage 1

We also mentioned the need for a new club house and expansion into additional water sport activities

These are very important keys into future funding applications and continuity of message is critical.

Sport England Inspired Facilities Grants Award of £59,412 (September 2014)


Key Points

The Walk through was written in story form to provide a memorable picture of the club, it’s facilities, deficiences and location.

When we submit a grant application in future we can start with this “picture” and show how little has changed in the past 6 years but, in spite of limited improved facilities, the club has grown and utilised its investment money frugally, delivering more than we said we would.

The Selset Days portrays what the club used to be like before its demise through lack of water.

A club at risk was the key document that illustrated the potential loss of sailing and open water activities in County Durham.

It highlighted the need for immediate investment to fund phase 2 of our development (survival) plan and introduced the followup phase 3, which was the building of a new club house.

Garfield Weston Award of £30,000 (2015) / Sport England Improvement Fund


Garfield Weston Foundation


Key Points

Our application to Garfield Weston was linked to our application to Sport England for establishing a new club house at Balderhead Reservoir.

The documents here included the forms sent to Sport England in an appendix. It is worth noting that Sport England were happy to support our application but our bid failed because they had insufficient funds available and our return on investment was not as good as other bids.

I spoke to Sport England about their value for money comment and highlighted the fact that we would always be at a disadvantage when compared to bids from organisations in higher population areas!

If we submit a bid in future, er should make that point in the application.

As things turned out, we would have had to withdraw our bid because of conservation objections.

There is a lot of strategic plan material in the second document – it’s worth updating and re-focussing on Grassholme.

As regards a future pitch for club house funding, we should stick with the approach and not diverge very much at all – Sport England were willing to fund on the basis submitted – if we manage their funding contribution, our pitch will be significantly improved. The fact that NWL are providing us with additional facilities is also a big plus.

The hooks the in place, our bid will be stronger and if we can develop a joint strategy with NWL, that will be a huge plus – I am not aware of any other water sports centre that can claim that!

Please note that we had also secured a £10,000 grant, from Bernard Sunley, towards the club house project. With the right pitch, I think they could both be resurected.



Important Sport England Correspondence


Teesdale Sailing and Watersports Club Improvement Fund Decision Response January 2016

Sport England Improvement Fund

We failed to win support for our project, the reasons given being:

– no planning permission in place
– no lease in place
– no partnership funding in place

It was also stated that the return on investment was not as good as with other projects.

TDSC january 2016 committee meeting notes

It may be possible to justify and use the eventual abandonment of the Balderhead project was due to conservation objections and the failure to attract the required Sport England funding. Hence the re-focussing on Grassholme after a change of approach from Northumbrian Water.