Princes Waterski Club in London, one of the founding member clubs of the British Waterski Federation in 1951 is set to close on 8 November 2012.
Despite the government agency for sport, SPORT ENGLAND, and the British Water Ski Federation designating the club to be of the greatest national and regional significance for the sport of watersking the current owner has decided to close the club and look for alternative uses for the site.
Princes Club was originally operated by enthusiastic members in the 1950’s from a working gravel pit close to Heathrow airport. As the membership grew over the years the lakes were expanded, a club house was built and over time the club developed into one of the largest waterski and wakeboard facilities in Europe. The club was one of the first places in the UK to adopt a cable tow in the early 1990’s and currently comprises 5 tournament lagoons and 2 cable tows.
According to Sport England the club is unique in that it provides facilities for all standards of skier in tournament and cable and is sustainable because the location provides the support and facilities necessary for that level of training – qualities and facilities that cannot be replicated elsewhere.
The existing members of the club have set up a petition in the hope of saving the club from redevelopment or closure and are hoping the existing owner will either change his mind about closing the club or ensure that if it is sold the existing use is kept.
If you feel like supporting the petition to keep Princes Club Open then please sign the petition.