Officials behind plans to set up West Norfolk’s first rowing club are hoping to have taken the initial strokes towards their goal after a taster session held near Downham.
The initiative to establish the sport in the area has already received support from a town supermarket.
And the scheme was further encouraged when dozens of people attended their first Learn2Row taster event, which was held at the Denver Sailing Club at the weekend.
Head coach Adam Hughes, who is from Downham, was himself a promising junior rower before a shoulder injury forced him to give up his dreams of following in the footsteps of stars like Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent.
Although he still plans to do some rowing during his forthcoming studies at the Anglia Ruskin university, he hopes the scheme will both maintain his involvement in the sport and encourage others to try life on the water.
“I really want to put back into the sport now from this side”, he said.
Around 40 people took part in the taster day, which took place on the Denver Sluice on Sunday.
The event had previously been publicised at Downham’s annual Water Festival held earlier this month and was also sponsored by the town’s Tesco store.
Following the session, a series of three, six-week rowing courses will now start at the Denver Sluice on September 7 and 8.
One course will be on the Saturday between 2 and 3pm, with the Sunday session scheduled for 10.30-11.30am and noon until 1pm.
And Adam said they are also in talks with Active Norfolk, the organisation tasked with increasing public participation in sport across the county, about joining the Get Into programme of adult sports courses.
It is hoped that an Active Norfolk rowing course could start in early October.
Anyone interested in getting involved or finding out more should contact Adam by emailing email@example.com or by phoning 07415 390246.