The Club has provided opportunities for junior members to develop their rowing skills for 19 years. Some important milestones in the clubs junior section include:
• 2000 approved to deliver the Go Row scheme under the National Junior Rowing Programme.
• 2001 joined Project Oarsome and established formal links with local state secondary schools.
• 2004 awarded Clubmark accreditation by Sport England as a safe, efficient and child friendly club.
We have an open membership policy and accept young people into the junior programme from J14 level (Year 9, age 13-14) onwards. Children of existing Club members younger than this may be accepted subject to an agreed level of direct parental supervision and support.
New juniors are introduced to the sport through a learn-to-row scheme that the Club runs once a year. This begins with land-based activities in the spring term and moves onto the water after Easter. Enjoyment, personal challenge and a sense of achievement are seen as key motivators for staying in the sport, and our juniors are encouraged to take part in competition, whilst recognising the value of fitness and exercise for its own sake. Rowing is a physically and technically demanding sport, and the commitment needed to make good progress is attending 3 times each week.
If you would like to join our waiting list to receive information about the next junior learn-to-row course, please email our Junior Coordinator mailto:email@example.com with the following details: junior’s name, date of birth, address and a parental contact name and phone number.
Our junior training groups are based on age, experience, progress in developing skills, commitment to training and interest in racing. This helps organise the Club’s resources and is not intended to be too rigid or limiting. What someone wants in the sport may change over time and we aim to be as flexible to individual needs as possible and to help everyone to achieve their potential in rowing.
Ages mostly J14 (Year 9) to J16 (Year 11) (we do accept older beginners, but if the intake is oversubscribed they may be directed to one of our adult learn-to-row courses)
Learning basic skills and confidence, starts in the learn-to-row scheme in the spring term, initially in the gym and on rowing machines. Water sessions are then added after Easter, and this stage is normally completed by late summer.
Ages mostly J15 (Year 10)
Further develop individual confidence and competence in more advanced boats and to learn to train for competition. Juniors typically spend a full year in this group when they move on from the beginners, but those aged 15 and older may be offered a fast-track route to trial in the performance group after October half term.
Ages mostly J16 (Year 11) and older
There is a more demanding programme in the performance squad, which aims to compete regularly at regional events and beyond up to national championships. This is not an exclusive or elite group – it’s built around young people who want to improve and have ambitions to achieve goals. Commitment to training is essential, with a minimum requirement of 3 to 4 times each week and increasing as their skills, fitness and ambition develop.
Ages mostly J16 (Year 11) and older
Those who have attained a reasonable level of skill but cannot commit to the competitive training programme may attend self-directed recreation group sessions on a more flexible basis, but under supervision and at the same times as the development group.
Please see the Club’s Code of Contact in relation to children and young people – Junior Code of Conduct.