In conjunction with Hobbs of Henley, on the 18 July, the Henley Dragons held a Summer River Cruise evening to build relationships across the Centre whilst being able to highlight those members who have contributed to the Centre and team as a whole. As part of the celebrations, we held a raffle to raise funds for the Eyot Centre. Raffle prizes were donated by local businesses, for which the Eyot Centre are truly grateful. The funds raised for the Centre will be used to replace worn equipment and introduce some new exciting equipment to the members.
As way of background, the Henley Dragons compete in a National League, competing against teams from all across the country. In order to do this, we try and raise funds for the Centre so that we can compete to such a high standard against the best teams. All racing costs including travel is at the member’s own expense, but the Centre tries to support as and when it is able to do so. We are built on the foundation of youth, and ensure that our facilities are available to the youth of the town and surrounding areas.
To put the club into perspective, we have dedicated coaches who are on hand to provide the best direction and coaching for all our members. These experienced coaches are across all three areas of the Eyot Centre namely the Canoe Section, Duke of Edinburgh and Henley Dragons. Last year, ten of our dragon boat members competed not only at national level, but internationally representing Team GB in Brandenberg Germany, and two of these members went on to compete in the World Cup in China. This year, four Henley members will be competing in the World Championships in Thailand in August. At the end of last season, the Henley Dragons participated at the Nationals, which was a weekend event held in Nottingham. Henley were thrilled with their performance and trophy collection from the event. Henley placed 2nd overall by 2 points. The coaches put their all into preparing the Henley team for these races. No doubt you have seen us training hard along the river in Henley on Thursdays and Sundays. Henley are currently competing in the National league races, giving the top teams are run for their money. We’d love to continue this momentum by enticing new members into the sport.
The Duke of Edinburgh section continues to welcome the local youth community onto the awards scheme, and the Canoe Section welcome those keen canoe paddlers into the centre on a weekly basis to master their skills on the water.
We’d like to thank Hobbs of Henley for their continued support for us as centre of sport for the town.