Leighton Buzzard Canoe Club is seeking to build on its successes by moving into a new headquarters at Cedars Upper School.
The school has submitted a planning application to Central Beds Council for a replacement sports pavilion and boat store building which will include classroom space and changing facilities.
A statement from the club, which was founded in 1976, said: “Throughout our history we have seen many national and international successes, including representation at Olympic Games.
“We currently have members qualifying at all the 2013 National Canoeing Championships and have one member qualified to paddle in the 2013 World Canoe Championships for Team GB.
“To be able to build on this success and continue to meet the demands and number of people interested in starting canoeing it is imperative that we are able to provide adequate facilities and appropriate equipment.”
The club says that in the past they have lost a high percentage of potential members as their facilities “have not met the standards people have come to expect in terms of modern sporting facilities.”
They add that after showing promising growth three to five years ago, membership has stagnated.
However they are confident this can be turned around with enhanced facilities and adequate boat storage.
Leighton-Linslade Town Council heard an outline of the plans at a meeting last week. Councillors offered their full support and described the scheme as ‘impressive’.