A SCHOOL rowing club has taken delivery of a new boat thanks to a sponsorship deal.

Durham School secured the deal from Rowing Centre UK and Swift Racing boats and has now taken delivery of the new elite racing boat.

Eddie Bryant, director of rowing at Durham School said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for Durham School to take advantage of having a new Swift Racing Elite+ rowing eight to race and train in.

“The school is growing in numbers with rowing being as popular as ever. Currently we do not have an 8+, so for Swift to sponsor us for this academic year, it will enable the pupils to train as a bigger crew in the latest design of boat and to now be able to compete in it at some of the bigger head races and regattas in the country.

“We cannot express how grateful we are for the opportunity that Swift Racing and the team at the Rowing Centre UK have given us."

Dominic Vincent, general manager of Rowing Centre UK, said: "We were really impressed by the club's development potential over the coming season and had no doubt that we wanted to help their rowing squad to achieve more by providing the best equipment that we could.

“So, it was an easy decision to choose them as our Schools Sponsorship Partner for the 2019 season and for their rowing eight crews to benefit by competing in a Swift Racing Elite+ boat."