Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust - The Organisation Behind Cambridge Sport Lakes

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The organisation driving the vision of Cambridge Sport Lakes is Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust (formerly known as Cambridge Rowing Trust), a registered charity established to construct and maintain a 220-acre lake and country-park close to the centre of Cambridge.  The Trust was established in 1992 with the primary aim of developing standards of rowing in the region and since this date has expanded its vision to one of a multi-sport hub of opportunity and education accessible to all.  Key objectives in addition to building Cambridge Sport Lakes are to provide equipment, supervision, training and coaching for the public benefit with the aim of widening participation in outdoor sports.

The History of the Organisation

The Trust was founded with an initial gift of £500,000.  The Trust has continued to solicit potential donors and to date £5.1 million has been raised.  A significant proportion of this has been spent on design, planning and land acquisition costs to advance the project.

Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust has instigated a sport development programme to fulfill its objectives of providing education and widening participation in outdoor sports.  Through the purchase of equipment and the creation of courses and competitions the Trust has, for example, made rowing more accessible to women, young people and people with disabilities.  Partners in the Trust’s sport development programme include Local Authorities, schools and sport clubs.


Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees, all of whom contribute their services voluntarily.  Trustees meet quarterly to take strategic decisions, which are supported by committees covering important aspects such as Management, Audit and Investment.  Each committee has written terms of reference and is charged with monitoring events and making recommendations to the Board, which may delegate specific decisions back to the committee.  Budget control is the responsibility of the General Manager   

Patrons and Trustees

The Trust has 14 distinguished Patrons, many of whom are leading figures in the world of sport or in the regional community.  Patrons attend special occasions and celebrations, and contribute experience and expertise where they see fit.


  • Brian Fenwick-Smith


  • Guin Batten

  • Anne Campbell

  • Sir Geoffrey Cass

  • Stephanie Cook MBE

  • Jonathan Djanogly MP

  • Rt Hon. the Lord Andrew Lansley CBE

  • Sir John Major KG CH PC

  • Sir James Paice DL

  • Annamarie Phelps CBE

  • Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE

  • Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL

  • Mike Spracklen OBE

  • Prof Sarah Springman CBE FREng

  • Mike Sweeney CBE

Campaign for Cambridge Sport Lakes

  • Sir David Trippier (Chairman)

  • Adrian Cassidy (Vice Chairman)



  • Adrian Cassidy BSc

  • Joanna Burch PhD

  • Chris Dalley MA CEng FIEE

  • Iain Edmondson

  • Mike Muir-Smith CEng MA MICE (Chairman)

  • Dom Pickersgill

  • Bob Greatorex MA MB BChir BDS LDS FRCS

  • Catherine Twilley MA

The US Friends of Cambridge Sport Lakes

  • Jon Bernstein

  • Peter Ellis

  • Gardner Cadawalder (Chairman)

  • Michael Joukowsky

  • John Lambert

  • Stan Marcuss

  • Dodge Thompson

  • Steve Tourek