Active Row Programme  

Our new flagship Active Row programme launched in October, and 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.

Over 1000 participants from 57 Active Row Schools participated in The National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships 2018. To find out if your school was represented by the Top Ten Active Row Participants, click here



Since 2012, LYR continue to engage over 2,000 young people from mainstream and Special Educational Needs Schools in rowing, as part of the national network of Sport England Satellite Hubs and Clubs. LYR are excited to be able to build on the success of previous years. Having secured top tier funding from Sport England and our new partner Tideway, the mission is to get 8,000 more young people active across the capital.

Through Active Row we will engage with 76 schools; 58 Partner schools and 18 Competition Schools from East to West London during the next four years.

This involves working in 12 London Priority Boroughs based on the London Poverty Profile; (see the specific schools we work with across each borough). As part of our Active Row programme, we will be working with 16 new Schools; 11 Special Educational Needs Schools across London and our Partner Tideway, who will fund the Active Row programme for 14 schools.

As Sport England fund our programme, we are working to achieve their strategy towards an Active Nation. 

Our Objectives in line with ‘Towards an Active Nation’

  1. To help a wider cross section of participants to develop a robust physical activity habit
  2. To maintain physical activity in young people
  3. To work with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups that are at risk of being inactive
  4. To reduce inactivity and change attitudes to physical activity

Targeting our Impact

  • Inactive young people
  • Young people who drop in and out of Clubs
  • Disadvantaged young people – Pupil Premium
  • Girls only groups
  • SEN and young people with a disability


Our commitment to Partner Schools includes the provision of Concept2 rowing machines (on loan), a dedicated Community Coach, online resources, competition pathway, young leaders training and access to free on-water rowing sessions in the summer term. We aim to provide the best opportunities to help young people get active and bridge the gap between School and community sport.

Girls Let’s Get Active Pilot

In May 2017, inspired by ‘This Girl Can’, we launched our girls’ only pilot programme. Focused on changing behaviour and attitudes to physical activity with inactive girls in Year 9 and 10, we worked closely with 5 Secondary Schools. The results after 8 weeks of activity showed a large shift in perceptions, increased resilience and increased engagement in PE.

The key outcomes covered with a new approach to delivery, emphasising the social experience were: self-esteem, confidence, teamwork, determination, resilience, social development, physical fitness.


Our mission is for our School based Clubs to be just the start of a young person’s journey to regular physical activity for life. We encourage young people to come along to our weekly recreational rowing sessions (at 8 sites) to try ‘On-water’ rowing and develop their teamwork and communication skills. This provides a fun social experience to mix with young people from other Schools at the same beginner’s level. Our Easter and Summer Learn to Row courses provide another opportunity to develop confidence rowing On-Water with our qualified Coaches.

Our Schools 

(T) – denotes a Tideway funded School

East London

Partner Schools
Newham:  Lister School, Chobham Academy (T), Kingsford Community School, Royal Docks Community School, Little Ilford School
Tower Hamlets:  Stepney Green Maths, Computing & Science College (T)
Hackney:  Mossbourne Community Academy, Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy

Competition Schools
St Angela’s Ursuline School, Clapton Girls’ Academy, City Academy Hackney

South East

Partner Schools
Lewisham: St Matthew Academy (T), Conisborough College, Deptford Green School (T)
Southwark: Ark Walworth (T), St Michael’s Catholic College (T), Harris Academy Bermondsey, Highshore School (SEN)

Competition Schools
Townley Grammar, St Columba’s, John Roan School

South West

Partner Schools
Lambeth:  Brixton Wings*, Dunraven School, Archbishop Tenison’s School (T), Bishop Thomas Grant School
Wandsworth:  Bolingbroke (T), Graveney School, Chestnut Grove Academy (T), Ark Putney Academy (T)

*Open Club based at Ferndale Community Sports Centre, Brixton

Competition Schools
Ricards Lodge, Rutlish School

West London

Partner Schools
Hounslow:  St Mark’s School, Kingsley Academy, Isleworth & Syon (T), Gunnersbury Catholic School,

The Green School for Girls, The Green School for Boys
Ealing: Featherstone High, Cardinal Wiseman, Brentside High, Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls (T)


Partner Schools
H’smith & Fulham: Hammersmith Academy (T), Burlington Danes, Hurlingham Academy (T),                  
Kensington Aldridge Academy

Competition Schools
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, St George’s Catholic, Haverstock School, The St Marylebone CE School

North West

Partner Schools
Brent: Alperton Community, Ark Academy, Newman Catholic College, Preston Manor School

North East

Partner Schools
Barking & Dagenham: Trinity (SEN), All Saints Catholic School, Robert Clack School
Waltham Forest: Connaught School, The Warren School
Redbridge:  Caterham High, Forest Academy, Ilford Ursuline

Competition Schools
Palmer Catholic, Ilford County, Oaks Park High School, Chingford Foundation

SEN Schools

Partner Schools
Central/South: Charlton Park, Drumbeat Brockley, College Park School, Highshore School
East: New Vic College, JFK School, Stormont House School, Trinity School

Competition Schools
West Lea School (Enfield), St Marylebone Bridge (Hammersmith & Fulham)