The initial spark for building Manvers came from the Yorkshire region of Canoe England, which had been looking for a venue to develop.
Chris Hawkesworth, who leads facility developments for Canoe England, saw an article in the Yorkshire Post newspaper about a former colliery site being redeveloped, with the creation of a lake. He saw an opportunity to create a new model of multi-sport boat club.
The desire was to build a resource centre for the region. There was a belief in the potential to develop a multi-sport approach that combined different paddle/watersports, and some taster events, but there had been no specific local market research.
There was no other local option for swimming and activities have been added as knowledge of the audience has grown – and the organisation has responded to demand.