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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 2022


of them were Black and Minority Ethnicity participants rowing in 2022


of them were girls rowing in 2022

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 London Youth Rowing 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

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

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.

See who's leading this month

Upcoming events at LYR

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LYR news & blog posts

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