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Rowing

British Rowing

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General Information
Contact Email
info@britishrowing.org
Contact Telephone
020 8237 6700

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What is Rowing?

Rowing is a fantastic sport which anybody of any age, size, shape or ability can take part in. You can row recreationally or competively either indoor on the indoor rowing machine or outdoor in either sliding seat boats (those seen on the TV) or fixed seat rowing boats.

Rowing will help you get fit and you can do it indoors, on the coast, or inland on our miles of rivers, canals and lakes.

Rowing can be either recreational (focusing on learning the technique of rowing) or competitive (athletes race against each other in boats). There are a number of different boat classes in which athletes compete, ranging from an individual shell (called a single scull) to an eight person shell with coxswain (called a coxed eight).

Leicester Regatta 2015 (Filmed by Joe Hawkins)

Benefits

Rowing indoor or outdoor is the perfect exercise for you. Here's why?

  • Full body workout- A fantastic cardiovascular and aerobic workout
  • Supports weight loss, increased stamina etc.
  • The movement of every stroke uses 85% of your body's muscles covering 9 major muscle groups. This makes it a great tool to help you tone up.
  • Anyone can do it- Suitable for all ages (11+), abilities, body types and fitness levels.
  • Efficient fat burning- Burning over 300 calories in 30 minutes.
  • Easy to learn and you can improve every time.
  • Most of all it's fun and there are many tools to help you enjoy taking part.
  • Rowing indoor or outdoor is the perfect exercise for you. Here's why?

Costs

Rowing, specifically indoor rowing is very cheap to get started. Nearly every gym in the UK has access to an indoor rowing machine, making it the most accessible piece of kit in the gym environment today.

For an annual on-water club membership costs start from £35 per year, with clubs providing training programmes, social activities, recreational and competitive opportunities, volunteer coaching and the use of facilities and boats. Most clubs will offer subsidised rates for juniors, students and social members. Free taster sessions are also available at some clubs to help give you an opportunity to get onto the water for the first time.

Involvement

They are a variety of ways to get into the sport rowing, this includes:

  • On- water - fixed and sliding seat rowing for beginners of all ages. This is based on rivers, lakes, canals and the coast. Your next learn to row course is just a click away.
  • Volunteering - British Rowing community clubs offer a range of opportunities for people to get involved in volunteering either through coaching, event delivery, social activities etc.
  • Coaching - British Rowing offers a range of coaching and training qualifications and workshops which can help new interested coaches on a pathway into the sport.
  • Go Row Indoor - Be a part of British Rowing's new indoor rowing program helping more people to row indoors in gyms, workplaces, and sports clubs.

If you'd like to find out more information, please click on the link

https://www.britishrowing.org/

Facts

  • Rowing has been staged at every Olympic Games except Athens in 1896, when stormy seas caused it to be cancelled.
  • Women made their debut at the Games in 1976 in Montreal, while Atlanta 1996 marked the introduction of the lightweight events.
  • Rowing is the nation's most continuously successful Olympic sport, having won a gold medal in every Olympic Games since 1984, and has won six Paralympic golds since the sport was introduced to the Paralympic Games programme in 2008.

Campaigns

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

National Programmes

Go Row Indoor

Go Row Indoor, our indoor rowing programme, aims to get everyone rowing whether it be for fun, fitness or competition

Learn to Row

Fancy trying the sport and giving it a go. Community Rowing clubs are just waiting to make new links with their local communities and attract new people to the sport.

Local Contacts

Jo Atkinson

Participation Manager - East/West Midlands

Telephone
01562 861141

Partners

  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
    County Sport Network
    Leicestershire County Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Equality Standard
    Sport England
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    Rutland County Council
    British Heart Foundation
    Age UK L&R
    Loughborough University
  • QUEST
    Leicester City Council
    East Midlands Platform
    Safeguarding

Partners

  • British Heart Foundation
    Sport England
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Harborough District Council
  • Equality Standard
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • Blaby District Council
    Age UK L&R
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    QUEST
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    Rutland County Council
  • North West Leicestershire District Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Loughborough University
    Melton Borough Council
  • Safeguarding
    Leicester City Council
  • County Sport Network