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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 2021


Total number of girls rowing in 2021


Black and Minority Ethnicity participants who tried rowing in 2021

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.

Anna & Tida

Anna and Tida heard about rowing in their schools and learned to row through LYR beginner courses. Both have been active members of Thames Tradesmen Rowing club and continue to include sport in their lives.


Leila heard about rowing in 2012 after her school advertised an LYR learn-to-row course. This lead to her getting involved in London Youth Games and eventually joining Mossbourne Academy Rowing Club. She has since been offered a rowing scholarship to study at the University of California, LA.

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 First 500

Get your first points on the board for the season.

See who's leading this month

Upcoming events at LYR

All events

LYR news & blog posts

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Tel: 0203 356 7178