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Rowing has the power to change young people's lives.

Our Values

Diversity, inclusivity, equality,
relationships, empowerment.

Our Mission

To enable disadvantaged young people tobe active and thereby improve their physical, social and mental wellbeing, and develop crucial life skills which are necessary for success in the clasroom and workplace.

Our Vision

A rowing community that is representative of the population.

LYR helps develop successful, determined, active young people.


Total number of young people in our programmes in 2023


of them were Black and Minority Ethnicity participants


of them were girls rowing

Rowing has changed the lives of so many of our participants. It is what inspires us to push forward with our mission.
Read about the positive impact that rowing has had on their confidence, resilience, health and further education goals.


Tami joined The Green School for Boys as a Year 7 student in Sept 2019. Tami has neurological and physical disabilities, which mean that he uses a wheelchair and a walking frame, he also has a visual impairment. Tami made the decision to row on the ergo from his chair, which means he is predominantly using his upper body.


Jonah first interacted with LYR in his previous school through our Active Row programme. After moving to an Alternative Provision, Jonah was delighted to meet us again when we began last year at his new school, Cavendish, through our Alternative Provision programme. I remember coming into the school for the first time in my LYR kit, and Jonah exclaimed “I know you guys!” when he came into the room.

Read more stories and learn about LYR's impact

What we do at LYR

LYR runs and supports a number of youth programmes.

Our flagship programme Active Row focuses on engaging young people who are less likely to participate in physical activity such as those from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, girls and individuals with special educational needs or a disability. Active Row works within over 100 state secondary schools across London, Yorkshire, Nottingham, Kent and Bristol.

Our Life Skills programme is integrated with Active Row, enabling young people to build 5 key skills for life alongside getting active. LYR uses the skills builder framework to track the development of young people’s ability to stay positive, work in a team, aim high, problem solve and show leadership.

These are two of our many programmes that we run and support at LYR, all of which focus on delivering our vision of breaking down barriers and building diversity, inclusivity and equality.

Click here to learn more about all our programmes

Support our work

For individuals: We are grateful to the hundreds of people who have become an LYR Champion - You can join them here by signing up as an LYR champion and becoming a part of our wonderful community.

For Companies: There two ways a company can get involved with LYR,
1) Through our series of team building events that will get your colleagues motivated any time of the year, from any sport & virtual to indoor rowing to on water rowing!
2) By participating in our Life Skills programme: the value of a company presenting to our students and supporting their skills development is enormous, together our Life Skills programme makes the difference to so many young people.

Become an LYR Champion and be a part of the LYR rowing community

Get rowing with LYR

There are lots of ways you can try on-water rowing with LYR.

We run weekly Open Club drop in sessions at a number of sites across London, which are free of charge, and holiday learn to row programmes.

You can also join LYR Club, our own watersports club which runs in East London. Finally, we have relationships with a number of junior rowing clubs linked to LYR, if you want to take your training to the next level.

Holiday CoursesJunior Rowing

LYR's Online League

Take part in a different challenge each month. You can either row, run or cycle to participate. Submit your score and see where you rank. Every submission counts both towards yours and your club/school's points for the season.

This month's challenge


Even shorter even faster X2. Go out hard take a break and then do it again.

Upcoming events at LYR

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LYR news & blog posts

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Tel: 0203 356 7178