The many ways to support IBC

How to help us change people’s lives through the medium of sport

For many people in Islington and the surrounding areas, Islington Boat Club is more than just a hobby, it is a lifeline. People’s lives are genuinely being changed for the better through the medium of watersports. 

Through the support of our funders and various individuals who truly believe in our cause, we have been able to sustain our club for the last 50 years. However, as we approach our 50th birthday in April 2020 we are looking for support to ensure that we are able to continue our work for the next 50 years. 

There are many ways you can give your support to Islington Boat Club: 

  • Fund one of our projects

  • Pledge money

  • Take part in a volunteering day as a company

  • Hold a teambuilding day at The Club

  • Hire our venue for company training/seminars/functions

  • Buy a corporate package


If you are interested in getting involved with Islington Boat Club then please contact

Recent development and current funders

Recent development and current funders Islington Boat Club’s core grant from Islington Council came to an end in March 2015 and as a result it became imperative that we examined in detail the way we worked and delivered our programmes in order to develop and deliver best practice as a means to sustain provisions. 

Our fundraising efforts have been instrumental in helping us to refine and develop our strategic plan to ensure that we continue to work with young people, people with disabilities, older people and the wider community. It is imperative that we continue to work towards ways to become independent and to achieve sustainability. 

Having undertaken research, consultation, fundraising and outreach work, we managed to deliver the following:

  • Developed, consulted, raised funds and outreached for the implementation of a new programme called ‘UpperDeckers’ for isolated older people aged 50+ to come along every Tuesday 11-1pm for a paddle and/or cup of tea. Each year we aim to work with 300 + older people in this project alone; 

  • Developed, consulted, raised funds and achieved full funding for a three year programme of activities called ‘All On Board’. This started in July 2016 and is aimed at encouraging people with disabilities to participate in watersports which under normal circumstances would be unavailable to them. (City Bridge Trust is one of the core funders of this programme); we have almost completed funded this project for 2019/20 and have started work for 2020/21 already 

  • Developed and implemented Islington Boat Club’s volunteering strategy crucial to the club’s future sustainability. This included producing a volunteer handbook with role descriptions and volunteer agreements. 

  • Designed and delivered a fund raising project whereby we were able to purchase our own minibus. 

  • Raised funds to renovate the onsite flat in order to rent it out and gain a stream of income. 


The first 10 months of 2019 have seen funding from: 

  • The Bailey Thomas Charitable Trust 

  • The Bruce Wake Charitable Trust 

  • The City Bridge Trust 

  • The Allen Trust 

  • Sport England 

  • Stronger Communities Fund 

  • Islington Summerversity & Launch Pad 

  • Jack Petchey 

  • The WIlliam Wates Trust 

  • The Batchworth Trust 

  • The Worshipful Company of Insurers 

  • The Worshipful Company of Accountants 

  • Sir John Cass Foundation 

  • Local Initiative Fund 

  • Bernie Flockhard 

  • Arsenal Foundation 

  • Binks Family 

  • Coleman Coyle 

  • Partners Islington 

  • Sport Islington 

  • Kenwright & Lynch

So, despite the previous core grant from Islington Council coming to an end in 2015, Islington Boat Club has made excellent progress. We believe that we are on our way to achieving our current objective which is to become a sustainable community hub for all - regardless of age, background or ability. It is imperative that this project continues in the longer term. 

Coming up in 2020

As well as delivering our core projects of: Youth Group, All On Board and Upperdeckers we also have some very exciting prospective projects that we are currently raising funds for, these include: 

  • Tomorrow’s Champions: A project which aims to take members of our youth group from participating in watersports as a hobby and enable them to engage in a rigorous training schedule in order to reach competition standard. Once the team are at a high standard we will travel the country taking part in a planned competition schedule. 

  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: A series of events designed to acknowledge and develop an understanding of the heritage of Islington Boat Club and Regents Canal in order to mark Islington Boat Club’s 50th Birthday. The events include: Archiving workshops, Film-making, a youth fundraising scheme and a community birthday party. 

  • Bringing the Canal to life: An environmental based project whereby floating islands will be installed upon the Canal as a way of creating a green corridor within London and allowing for a biodiversity to develop. 

  • One for All and All for One: A holiday group which aims to be fully inclusive of both the mainstream Youth Group and members of our All on Board project. The group will focus on buddying up and developing friendships whilst taking part in an array of watersport activities. 

Friends of IBC

Join our group of supporters as an individual or as a corporate group.

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Make a donation

The club is always very appreciative of donations.

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Become a volunteer

We rely heavily on the goodwill and valuable time of our dedicated volunteers

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Our affiliations

Islington Boat Club is a NGB British Canoeing (BC), Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Mountain bike Instructors Award Scheme (MIAS).

Recently we have become recognised by the RYA as a RYA registered ‘Sailability’ charity that exists to promote watersports to disabled people through a network of local partners, schools, Sailability centres and clubs.



One of the major benefits of becoming an accredited RYA Sailability club is that Islington Boat Club is able to show that it has attained required targets in the following areas:

  • Fulfilment of duty of care. Beneficiaries are assured that Islington Boat Club has proper management processes, in addition to compliance with regulatory and legislative requirements;

  • Fulfilment of best practice for community and customer expectations;

  • Access to qualified Instructors. Islington Boat Club has the training, qualification and ongoing professional development of quality instructors;

  • Access to nationally recognised programmes, courses, materials, and standards. Structured around the sports pathways for people of all abilities to maximise the success of beneficiaries returning for further courses, joining the sport on an ongoing basis, and being retained.

  • Minimised risk and reduced exposure to liability. Islington Boat Club is operating within the RYA operating standards and guidelines and using qualified instructors.

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