School indoor rowing clubs

London Youth Rowing works has worked with mainstream and Special Educational Needs schools to deliver extra curricular for the past eight years. LYR provides 5 indoor rowing machines and a community coach. These clubs are linked to on-water ‘hubs’, where free rowing taster sessions are provided.

Many of our schools have never encountered rowing programmes before. So, the aim of this programme is to:

  • Provide the tools needed for maximum engagement and participation
  • Create sustainable rowing clubs, that would continue to run, led by the school, without LYR input
  • Encourage participants to make the move to water rowing

We currently work in partnership with 75 state secondary schools in London, predominantly in boroughs with high levels of deprivation. As a result of the funding we receive from Sport England and the strong relationships we have built with our schools, we have delivered a very successful programme. In 2016/17, we worked with over 9,000 young people, of which 65% were from a BME background and nearly 900 had special educational needs.


This Girl Can, indoor rowing clubs

In May 2017, we launched our girls only indoor rowing pilot programme. The project will include clubs delivered by LYR coaches, in 7 schools across London, for girls in year 8, 9 and 10. 

The main aims of this new project are:

  • To engage inactive or less active girls
  • To change behaviour and attitudes to physical activity using the basics of indoor rowing and fun challenges
  • Build self esteem and confidence
  • Improve physical fitness and social development 


Row 4 Results, school and youth club indoor rowing clubs

A bespoke extra-curricula programme working in partnership with 12 schools across London, providing in door and on-water rowing for children in years 7 & 8.

The programme aims to:

  • Ensure that rowing is accessible to everyone, regardless of their background and previous experience
  • Connect and reconnect Londoners with the River Thames