Active Row Schools across London have been raising money for Sport Relief this week, 17th-23rd March 2018, by racking up meters on rowing machines.

Active Row has introduced rowing to 76 schools in 12 London Boroughs thanks to funding from Sport England and Tideway. The aim is to get over 8000 young people active through rowing over the next four years.

Sport Relief supports the same goal, getting people active in an attempt to raise money for various charitable organisations around the world. 

During the week, St Marylebone Bridge School, Westminster completed a ‘row across The Channel’, where 37 students between years 7-11 rowed a total of 55,042m in 1.5hrs. This got them all the way to France, and then half way back! Dunraven School, Lambeth also set themselves this challenge and managed to raise £575 in the process.

PE teacher at St Marylebone Bridge School Mr. Gadogbe said, ‘The day was an absolute success, the children staff and everyone had a great time and for such a good cause.’

St Marylebone Bridge School is a school for students with speech, language and special communications needs and was not the only special educational needs (SEN) school to take part.


Above: St Marylebone Bridge school (left) and Dunraven School both rowed The Channel distance

SEN school Charlton Park Academy, Greenwich, completed 10 marathons during Sport Relief week. They worked on different machines in the gym, including the rowing machine, where some students have rowed over 5000m in one sitting to help towards the total. A school ‘mile tracker’ was used to visually keep track of the student’s progress.

Above: Charlton Park Academy 'mile tracker'

And SEN school Stormont House, raced each other in every class period throughout the final day, in one minute races, keeping a tally of the overall meters. At the end of the day 120 young people had race and they achieved 43,286m, which is just over marathon distance. 

Head of PE at Stormont House, Kamil Haidrych said, 'It was amazing to see the whole school fully participate in the sport. No matter their ability, everyone got involved and it created a very close strong community. The students really enjoyed the event and it made their donation to Sport Relief worth so much more.'

Above: Stormont House School racing each other side by side

While students in years 7-9 at mainstream school, St Marylebone School, Westminster also raced each other for the final morning, totally 135,408m.

Active Row is making rowing accessible to all, regardless of background or ability. The programme provides rowing machines, coaching staff, opportunities to race and on-water rowing experiences in the hope of inspiring thousands of young people to get active and stay active for life.