Senior Squad

Bradford Amateur Rowing Club caters for adults of all ages and abilities, and junior members are welcome from the age of 13. Current active members are aged between 13 and 80, proving rowing really is a sport for all. BARC has rowing squads catering for all abilities and aspirations throughout the year. Active squads are:

  • Senior and Masters Men
  • Senior and Masters Women
  • Juniors
  • Mixed Masters
  • Learn to Row
  • Leisure and Progression

The club provides opportunities for members to make progress their rowing whatever their level of fitness and commitment. Our squads regularly compete at local and regional regatta’s and head races. The club has also been represented at national events including the Henley Regattas and London Head of the River races.

Training Schedules

Senior and Masters squad training is timetabled on weekday evenings and weekend mornings to ensure facilities are available to all squads. The timetable of training for each Squad can be found here.


The club has provided opportunities for junior members to develop their rowing skills for 19 years. Some important milestones in the club’s junior section include:

  • Approval to deliver the Go Row scheme under the National Junior Rowing Programme.
  • Delivery of Project Oarsome with formal links with local state secondary schools.
  • 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 younger than this can be put on the waiting list and may be accepted.

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, a 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 three times each week.

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.

If you would like to join our waiting list and receive information about the next junior learn-to-row course, please email our Junior Coordinator ( with the following details: junior’s name, date of birth, address and a parental contact name and phone number.

Junior Beginner Group

Aged J14 (Year 9) to J16 (Year 11) (we do accept older beginners, but if the intake is over-subscribed, they may be directed to one of our adult learn-to-row courses).
Junior members will learn basic skills and confidence through a learn-to-row scheme in the spring term, initially in the gym and on rowing machines. Water sessions begin after Easter and course is completed by late summer.

Junior Development Group

Aged J15 (Year 10) – the Junior Development Group helps support 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 beginner’s course, but those aged 15 and older may be offered a fast-track route to trial in the performance group after October half term.

Junior Performance Group

Aged J16 (Year 11) and older – the Junior Performance Group is a more demanding programme which aims to compete regularly at regional events and beyond up to national championships. This is not an exclusive or elite group – it is built around young people who want to improve and have ambitions to achieve goals. Commitment to training is essential, with a minimum requirement of three to four times each week and increasing as their skills, fitness and ambitions develop.

Junior Training Schedules

Junior squad training is timetabled on weekday evenings and weekend mornings to ensure facilities are available to all squads. The timetable of junior training is as follows:

Junior Gym Times

17:00 to 19:00 Monday followed by 19:00 to 20:00 upstairs
16:30 to 18:30 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Child Welfare

Please see the club’s Code of Contact in relation to children and young people – Junior Code of Conduct [link to be added].