LYR was founded by Jim Downing in 2004 in the hope that young people across London would have access to an otherwise traditionally niche sport and in turn help the rowing community become a more diverse, more inclusive environment.
Originally named, ‘Row East London’, our first employee was hired in 2005. We went on to launch the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in 2007 and officially received charitable status in 2008. Today, LYR employs 10 full-time coaches, multiple part-time coaches and office staff to accommodate working with around 10,000 young people in schools, youth clubs and rowing clubs across London each year.
LYR has completed Tier 3 of the DCMS mandated UK Sport/Sport England Code for Sports Governance. This is the same level of governance that is required from National Governing Bodies (e.g. RFU, British Rowing etc.) who receive Olympic or grassroots sport funding from UK Sport or Sport England. Our compliance has been assessed by Sport England as a condition of our continued funding.
London Youth Rowing is a registered charity (charity # 1122941) and registered at companies house (#06243293). You can see our Annual Accounts for recent years below.
Managing our programmes safely and securely is of the highest importance to LYR. You can access our key policies here. If you have any queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Complaints Procedure. You can make informal and formal complaints about LYR services by following the instructions in our Complaints Procedure.
Anti-bullying. Bully is not tolerated within our programmes or our workforce. Download our Anti-bullying Policy to understand more how we manage issues of bullying at LYR.
Safeguarding. At LYR, the welfare of children is paramount. Download our full Safeguarding Policy for more information. Please contact our Child Welfare Officer, David Tinnion on email@example.com with concerns or queries. For the Alternate Child Welfare Officer contact Rebecca Clephan on firstname.lastname@example.org or Owen Shephard on email@example.com.
Diversity Action Plan. LYR are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion remain a key focus for the board and the company as a whole. Read our Diversity Action Plan in full.
Equal Opportunities. The Board of LYR recognise that to deliver our mission effectively the organisation must be fundamentally committed to all aspects of equality and diversity. Read our full Equal Opportunities Statement.