Rowing receives £8.2million investment for grassroots legacy
Using Sport England’s four-year funding, British Rowing will expand its rowing offer to reach more people, particularly young and disabled people, and help gym-based rowers explore rowing on the sea, rivers and lakes.
British Rowing will launch Rowability, a new rowing programme aimed at helping more disabled people into the sport. Partnerships have been developed with disability organisations to establish five new rowing centres with the appropriate equipment and coaching being made available.
To reach people who would like to row but do not know how to get involved, British Rowing will expand successful programmes such as Explore Rowing, which offers informal ways to get involved with structured rowing routes and helps those who want to become competitive find a club.
Indoor Rowing aims to increase the length of time participants use indoor rowing machines per session. In the last year British Rowing has forged new relationships with leisure providers in the indoor rowing market to open up more opportunities to influence rowing in gyms.
Helping people move from the indoor gym-based rowing to outdoors is crucial if rowing is to encourage people to take up the sport more regularly and take part for longer. British Rowing will tackle this problem by introducing people to different outdoor environments through specialised watersport centres.
For young people, British Rowing has developed a number of programmes including:
- Indoor Rowing – giving youngsters a positive first experience of indoor rowing through school games competition formats
- Generating the Habit – a skills programme across both water and indoor rowing which is linked to the Explore Rowing skills programme for adults
British Rowing will also invest in club improvement projects including enhanced clubhouses, changing rooms, boat storage extension or refurbishment, and slipway/pontoon development so that club members have comfortable, state of the art places to train. It will also provide equipment packages which include stable rowing boats and trailers.
And finally, growing the number of talented young athletes coming through the ranks will be a priority for British Rowing. It will seek to capitalise on the success of the Games by providing additional locations for talent support, offer more intensive support to rowers with the greatest potential to progress to world class level and enhance the domestic competition programme to align with world class selection. This programme will also provide a formalised adaptive talent system to develop potential rowing Paralympians.
Sport England’s Director of Sport, Lisa O’Keefe, said: “British Rowing has had a fantastic summer, with a plethora of medals at the Games. With our substantial investment we are looking for them to get the same level of success that they have had at elite level at the grassroots. We welcome the focus on engaging young people, getting gym rowers to get on the water, and focusing on enabling disabled people to take part and enjoy this sport.”