We want to facilitate rowing in as many schools as possible, linking schools to clubs where they don't have their own facilities and making life easier than it would be without us for those who do. Our target to increase the number of State schools that offer rowing by 50% by 2023. Our broader aim is to ensure that people who choose to row at school or as juniors in clubs, end up rowing for life because they love it.
Working with the likes of State School Rowing Network, the Kitchin Society, and the BR Junior Rowing Committee, and listening to young people through our Youth Panel, we want to help create sustainable programmes which are relevant to clubs and schools (where the sport is on the National Curriculum) - whether they are just starting to offer rowing, or have been doing so for decades. We will facilitate more fun competitions for young people, and champion new events - as well as offering recreational and coastal options for those who don't want to focus on performance.
For schools that don't already have private matches, we can set up racing ladders within and between schools, for on-water and indoor use. We can also set up sessions for schools, linking them to our GBRT alumni, our National Squad, and to clubs across the country, particularly through Indoor, where we are a key part of the National School Games programme and help engage with approx 450 School Games Organisers each year. Our Go Row Indoor schools site (schools.britishrowing.org) has created a fantastic platform that provides free access to a range of tools to help students, teachers and coaches provide the best rowing experience and support programmes the sport can offer, as well as providing training and guidance to teachers, and leadership opportunities for students.
Where rowing is now offered, we aim to get to young people through our Outreach programme, as detailed on a separate tab.
Rowing's a fantastic alternative sport which teaches teamwork and commitment probably like no other, and is also safe - so broadening the reach of people who can take it up is spreading the love. Then, if people have great fun doing it, they will never leave it. Given that 50% of our members are juniors, retaining them in the sport will have an enormous impact on our ability to invest in the sport's future.