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Welcome to London Youth Rowing

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

Our Values

Diversity, inclusivity, equality,
relationships, empowerment.

Our Vision

Diversify the rowing community, so that it is representative of the population.

Our Mission

Make rowing accessible to young people from all backgrounds, opening the doors to opportunity & better health.

London Youth Rowing helps develop successful, determined, active young people.


Total number of young people in our programmes in 2019


Total number of girls rowing in 2019


Black and Minority Ethnicity participants who tried rowing in 2019

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.


Zaid was 15 years old and a student from Tower Hamlets when he was involved in the Breaking Barriers pilot programme.


Emily started rowing with LYR at UL boat club after a learn-to-row course in 2014. The LYR squad moved to Thames Tradesmen Rowing Club, where she rowed and competed for the club for a further three years.

Read more stories and learn about LYR's impact

Support our work

You can support us by donating or joining us in our LYR champions programme and becoming a part of our community.

We have a variety of opportunities for you or your company to get involved in: take part in our many fun fundraiser challenges, volunteer at one of our school sporting events, or help us develop and deliver resources to young people in our Life Skills programme.

Join us as a part of our community to deliver our goal to better young people's lives. Click below to learn more.

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.

Click here to find out more

Holiday CoursesJunior Rowing

What we do at LYR

London Youth Rowing 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 60+ state secondary schools across London and has recently branched into Leeds.

Our Life Skills programme uses the skills builder framework on essential skills development through rowing and learning how the skills apply in the workplace through workshops with our corporate partners.

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

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/schools points for the season.

This months challenge

The Second 500

See if you can beat your time from the first 500m in September.

See who's leading this month

Upcoming events at LYR

All events

LYR news & blog posts

More news & blog posts

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Tel: 0203 356 7178