The big launch!

Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund award for Cornish rowing group


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Thanks to a recent grant awarded by the Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund, a new traditional wooden Cornish pilot gig boat was launched by Cotehele Quay Gig Club onto the River Tamar recently.

The new gig boat, named ‘Teylu’ was built for the club by local boat builder Brian Nobbs, and will enable the club to take 12 crews to the World Pilot Gig Championships this year — four more crews than in previous years. Club members were joined by staff from the National Trust at Cotehele, local councillors and representatives of Samworth Brothers for the boat’s official naming.

Mark Duddridge, Group Executive Board Director, Samworth Brothers and Managing Director of Ginsters, said: “Samworth Brothers has always supported local good causes. Our Sports Opportunity Fund, which we launched in 2013, is a new award scheme to help young people realise their potential through sport. We were impressed by the work the Cotehele Gig Club was doing with local young people and charities. We hope the new gig will help the club expand this valuable work even more.”

The big launch!
David Egerton, Cotehele Quay Gig Club Chairman, said “All our members have been looking forward to launching the new gig and we are very grateful for the generous grant from the Samworth Brothers Sports Opportunity Fund.”

Presentation picture on front page courtesy of James Bird, Tavistock Newspapers Ltd