A £6000 donation from Jotun Paints to Friars Goose Watersports Club in Gateshead has enabled installation of a disabled toilet block making boating more accessible to a wider audience in the area.

Established in 1971 the club was built in place of one of the disused Tyne Shipyards and provides a fully functioning boat yard with slipway, mooring facilities, sailing opportunities, RYA approved training courses, fishing competitions and much more.  With a busy social agenda to encourage as many people to get involved as possible, the recent clubhouse refurbishment has been completed with the fitting of the toilet block.

“We want to say a big thank you to Jotun for supporting the club.  In order to make best use of our club funds we went for a second hand toilet block which was all prefabricated. It came to £6,600 in total so the contribution of £6,000 was a big help in making it possible.”

Paul Scott - Friars Goose Watersports Club

Supporting sailors and participation in the industry does not always need to mean sponsoring glamorous on water events. Land based facilities providing basic human needs at yacht clubs also need investment to make sure that the overall sailing experience is great for everyone.  This is often overlooked.

“At Jotun we want to encourage as many people to get involved in boating as possible and to share our passion for being out enjoying the UK’s great inland and coastal waters.  It has been a pleasure to provide a significant contribution towards the vital toilet block facilities at Friars Goose Watersports Club, supporting access for disabled sailors in Gateshead and the surrounding area.”

Tim Sexton - UK Marine Manager

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