New Blades rowing club to carve up the Thames

A new canoeing club has thrown open its doors to get local young people out on the water this summer.

Fulham Reach Blades has been set up at the Fulham Reach Boat Club at Distillery Wharf… and has already held a fun-and-games day to showcase what’s on offer.

Ten young people gave canoeing and kayaking a try, and will return for other river days over the coming months.

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Sam Dell, in charge of the city sports academy at London Sports Trust, organised the recent event. “Our aim is to get young people from Fulham Reach, the Queen Caroline Estate and the wider Hammersmith area on to the water,” he said.

“We’re open to anyone from 11 up to seniors, and we’ve got around 30 boats available as well as fully qualified coaches.”

The club is a community-focused charity based at the Fulham Reach development by Hammersmith Bridge, working with schools in the area to offer as many youngsters as possible the option to row.

“We’re basically opening up the canoeing side of the club to the community, and we hope that those who came along to try it out will join us on other days this summer,” added Sam.

Fulham Reach Blades was established by the London Sports Trust as a canoeing club to run in partnership alongside the mainstream rowing offered at the boat club.

To get involved, pop down to Unit A, Distillery Wharf, Chancellor’s Road, Hammersmith, visit or email