Clubs

The detail on each part of this strategy is work in progress, presented to indicate our direction of travel and not as a finished product.

We want your input and feedback to help improve it, both for the next iteration as detailed on our roadmap, and on-going. It will change, and we will listen to the membership and what they want and need.

Send us your feedback, and be part of this step change in British Rowing.

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What? To help our clubs flourish

We want to help all our clubs flourish, and inspire those that want to grow by showing them what is possible.

How? By sharing best practice in a relevant and contemporary manner.

We know clubs come in different shapes and sizes and have different priorities. Our aim is to work side by side with you all to thrive - to be there for you when you need us and help you get to where you want to go quicker. 

Club guides with case studies and good practice from clubs around the country on how to run a club, step by step which allow clubs to help themselves, are already available on our website - in addition to which we can offer advice to clubs on facilities, for everything from refurbishment of existing ones to building something new, locating and accessing new sites and helping clubs secure existing sites. We produce training materials, help clubs identify funding opportunities and help with funding applications.  The team handles enquiries that cover everything to do with running a club, its governance, via phone and email. This is our offering for clubs that are happy as they are, and just need a resource for occasional help or advice.

But in addition to this, there are huge opportunities for clubs that wish to grow significantly, and we will take a more proactive approach to help clubs in this category. While many clubs may think that they (or the river they row on) are ‘full’, in reality there can be significant scope for growth, which can potentially bring clear benefits for the clubs themselves. The average club size in England is between 50 and 100 members, and for many, that works. For some, though, greater size could bring opportunities to introduce paid coaching structures, more income , lower club fees, and more vibrant communities of like minded people who love rowing. In the last two years, some clubs in England have achieved increases of 100-150% in their membership, created groups for squads from J11 to J18, introduced paid coaches, increased their women’s squads by a factor of 7, and introduced transitional squads between Row Start and their senior crews.  Any club in the country can achieve this sort of change if they wish, and our job is to help them do it.

We will facilitate those clubs that want to follow this lead by leveraging our existing club guides using new technology, in particular through:

  • Discussion forums where people can come together to ask questions and share experiences – with British Rowing experts on hand to help answer technical points, or encouraging those who know the answers to share.
  • Acknowledgement of the challenges – in particular of cultural change - and offering suggestions as to how to overcome them
  • Further development and promotion of the concept of recreational rowing as a valid pathway for all (linked to the Coaching  and Recreational plans which promote this)
  • Actively identifying the barriers to growth and how to reach new people by joining up the dots from local schools and communities, in conjunction with our outreach strategy
  • Webinars and Zoom calls for those who prefer to share their experiences by speaking rather than in a chat room

We will record all our sessions to create a bank of guides that can be accessed at any time by members from our website. We are happy to host anyone who has something to offer in this area to help clubs around the country, and are open to suggestions from people as to what advice they want to see sessions on.



Why? Because happy clubs make a happy sport

Clubs are at the heart of our sport and those that grow will have a larger pool of members to pick crews from, lower running costs per person which leaves funds free for equipment and coaching, a more vibrant environment with fresh members, and tend to create a more welcoming, open, and inclusive environment, which encourages a more diverse membership across the sport.

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What do you think?

If you have any thoughts on any part of what we are trying to do, think we are missing a trick, or see an area where you can help us, please get in touch and let us know.  

This is your sport: we're here as its Trustees to facilitate it on your behalf, and to help it to thrive and grow.

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