Junior/Schools

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? Have more school-age children loving their rowing

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.

How? By broadening reach, increasing options, and making it fun for young people at every level

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.

Why? Because it's a brilliant sport

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.

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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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