School-Age Rowing Strategy

British Rowing’s School Age Rowing Strategy has been created to support the continued development and growth of school-age rowing over 2019-2023


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The strategy has been informed by a comprehensive review of school-aged rowing undertaken in 2017 with the support of the Youth Sport Trust. The review explored the current landscape of school-age rowing, why young people and schools row, as well as key challenges and opportunities.

There was extensive research and consultation to inform the development of the strategy, including input from private schools, state schools, rowing clubs, school age rowing organisations, high-performance coaches and parents.

School Age Rowing Strategy

Download a copy of the School Age Rowing Strategy here.


To work with existing and new school and community rowing clubs to deliver a high quality and enjoyable rowing experience for young people of all abilities and backgrounds, promoting lifelong involvement in the sport.


Through the development of the strategy, five objectives were identified:

  1. Strengthen structures – support improved governance and co-ordination of school-age rowing, invest in volunteer development and enable effective partnership working.
  2. Empower clubs – provide best practice guidance and support to school and community clubs across all aspects of club management and development.
  3. Transform the offer – support the development of viable, varied and relevant offers and pathways that attract, retain and benefit more school-aged rowers.
  4. Lead the way – maintain Great Britain’s position as a leading nation at junior international rowing events.
  5. Champion insight – initiate an annual review of school-age rowing, in partnership with other key stakeholder groups, to inform its ongoing development.

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