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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.

An Overview of Rowing

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).


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, 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.


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.

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Make your Move

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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

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Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North College is an Outstanding all girls College based in Leicester.

Robert Smyth Academy

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Loughborough Boat Club

Loughborough Boat Club, est. 1881, is based in Zouch just north of Loughborough. The club is open and welcomes members of all ages from complete beginners to seasoned athletes
We have a very warm and welcoming atmosphere at the club with very good facili

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy is an all through school. We have a wide range of sporting opportunities for all students in the Primary and Secondary phases. The school also welcomes the community as we take bookings in the evenings and weekends.

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is ranked amongst the UK's greenest universities in the Green League for our environmental commitment. We have 28,000 students (HESA 2011 / 12) and have invested £350 million since 2003 across our three campuses to create an i

Loughborough University

Loughborough is extremely proud of its reputation for providing the best student experience. From its earliest days Loughborough University has produced research that matters, with strong links with industry, commerce and the professions.

Rowing Coach - DMUactive and Recreation

We are seeking to recruit an experienced rowing coach to join the department
supporting the rowing club alongside the performance & development coach.
This role will be focused on the DMU active and recreational elements of our
student's pathway. The DMUsport pathway model is based on national
research on students in the Higher Education (HE) sector, with personalisation
to the students at DMU.

Rowing Coach - Performance and Development

We are seeking to recruit an experienced rowing coach to join the department
supporting the rowing club alongside the DMUactive & recreation coach. This
role will be focused on both the development and performance elements of our
students’ pathway. The DMUsport pathway model is based on national
research on students in the Higher Education (HE) sector, with personalisation
to the students at DMU.


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