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Our Plan for a New Club House

Yeadon Sailing Club has a long tradition of providing excellent racing, training and social sailing opportunities to all members of the community from the Yorkshire Region. Our ability to continue offering these opportunities is at risk, our club house is beyond repair and desperately in need of replacement.

Our vision is to raise enough funds to build a modest but modern and accessible facility to inspire current and future generations of aspiring sailors from the local community, upholding a tradition of grassroots sailing established since 1928 in the heart of Yeadon.

By doing this we will be able to continue to promote the benefits of sailing for mental and physical health and wellbeing across all generations providing enjoyment to sailors and their families, supporters and spectators alike.

Help us lay the foundations for the future of sailing in Yorkshire.

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Project Kick off

At the AGM before Christmas, the meeting heard that the Club’s original plan to move into the adjacent Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre and share the premises had had to be abandoned partly due to changes in LSAC’s activity levels.

The AGM subsequently adopted a proposal to move towards the development of plans to construct a  new Clubhouse facility on our existing site and to raise the necessary funding to enable this to happen. 

(This decision was communicated to our local Councillors at a meeting on 21st March 2015 and their sup-port for the Club’s decision was obtained).

As a result, a project structure has been established to progress the various levels of activity necessary to bring this plan to fruition. This project structure can be seen in the right hand navigation.

Four keys areas of work are progressing well:

Lease Extension/Renewal activity

Some of the grants we will be applying for require specific clauses in our lease and a minimum term of ten years. Since the remaining term on our current lease is five years we are in the process of drawing together our requirements for discussion with Leeds City Council to establish a new lease and licence to use the Tarn. A preliminary meeting has already taken place and a second one will be scheduled in April.

Role of Architect

The AGM agreed to allocate Club funds to fund an architect to draw up sketch plans for a new Club-
house, based on our existing wish-list of features and functionality. John Cheetham (a Club member  and experienced architect) has been contacted and subsequent discussions have clarified elements of  project phasing, roles and responsibilities, fees and timescales for design and construction. John will commence work on the project in early April and sketch plans will be circulated for members consideration in due course. Once these are approved following consultation, we can move towards defining accurate costs and obtaining planning approval.


Activity is ongoing to develop a funding strategy document as well as further research into sources of grant aid and funding. These include Sport England ‘Inspired Facilities’ funding, grants from Landfill schemes as well as grants from local Councils. We need to secure all necessary funds before we can move onto the demolition and construction phase of the project. Currently we are looking at a total expenditure requirement of around £200K.

Project Management 

Tim Gatti and Tim Burnett have been reviewing the most appropriate way to manage the overall project using software tools to enable the team to work together effectively. In the meantime, Tim B has developed a Project Update blog on our new Club website so that members can be kept informed of progress as it happens check it out at www.yeadonsailingclub.co.uk/project

Watch that space!