2000 young people to celebrate London Olympic Legacy at National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships 2020

On Friday 28 February, nearly 2000 young people will race at the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC) at the Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


NJIRC returns to the London 2012 Copper Box Arena for a second time, enabling young competitors to showcase their talent and determination. The event promises appearances from Olympic Rowing Champions Sophie Hoskings and Andrew Triggs Hodge, and The Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Kam Adams.

Run by groundbreaking youth sports charity London Youth Rowing (LYR), NJIRC is the biggest junior indoor rowing competition of its kind in the world.

British Rowing has teamed up with education experts to deliver the brand-new Go Row Indoor Schools programme, available for free at schools.britishrowing.org.

  • 147 schools and clubs will take part in 6 hours of racing, supported by over 200 volunteers
  • 53 state secondary schools have been preparing as part of London Youth Rowing’s Active Row Programme, which works with schools in the most deprived areas of London
  • Diverse and inclusive. Over 50% of participants are girls, over 60% from BAME backgrounds, and we cater specifically for competitors with sensory, learning and physical disabilities

LYR aims to enable young people to get active, and open access to rowing for all regardless of background or ability. NJIRC was born out of offering the excitement of high-level competition, to young people who might not normally get a chance to compete at national level.

Speaking on the event, Sophie Hoskings, London 2012 Olympic Champion, said: “NJIRC demonstrates the best of what rowing has to offer. It is an energetic, exciting event that allows young people of all abilities to experience quality racing. The whole experience is truly unique, for competitors and spectators alike, and a credit to both London Youth Rowing and the London 2012 Olympic legacy. I’m very much looking forward to supporting this year’s event at the Copper Box Arena.”

Staff from British Rowing will also be in attendance on the day, celebrating the fantastic event and unveiling the brand new Go Row Indoor Schools programme. The programme includes a set of resources carefully crafted to give teachers everything they need to teach indoor rowing, from basic technique videos and tutorials through to lesson plans, student guidance and advanced training techniques. All of the programme’s free-to-use resources are linked to the Physical Education National Curriculum, and include School Games resources, virtual challenges, case studies and good news stories. These resources, and more, are available for free at schools.britishrowing.org.