The point of our school indoor rowing programme - funded by Sport England - is to introduce rowing into schools, then give them the tools to make rowing a mainstream sport and a self-sustaining club.

Often, when students get the ‘rowing bug’, this is when clubs really take off…

Students at the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School have fully embraced the rowing lifestyle and taken on the challenge. Two enthusiastic Sixth Formers, Laurence and Milo lead their club. Both took up rowing three years ago and now row competitively, with Laurence having recently attended Great Britain under 18 trials, for a chance to compete for his country.

It is from this training that they have managed to develop a rowing program for all 25 participants that attend the school club, many of which had never really taken part in any sport before.

Laurence said:

'I really enjoy taking the sessions and giving something back by passing on my rowing knowledge to develop each of them. It’s really rewarding seeing how much they have all progressed.'

This was echoed by fellow pupil, Jake who has just completed a 5km test during rowing club.

'It helps knowing that they’re both really good at rowing considering they were in a similar position to me three years ago and just starting out.'

Not only has the school bought their own rowing machines, to compliment the ones LYR loan them, but the student coaches are also working towards getting their school officially affiliated with rowing’s national governing body, British Rowing. This means they can move their club onto the water and race in boats.

All 25 students who attend the indoor club will attend the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC) on 17th March 2017.