About Us

Our Story

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 9 full-time coaches, multiple part-time coaches and office staff to accommodate working with around 5,000 young people in 120 partner schools and youth clubs across the country

Our Mission

The Board and Senior Management Team of LYR has agreed the following strategy for the 2023-2025 period and will review progress against the strategy each time it meets.

Governance & Accounts

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 info@londonyouthrowing.com

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 dtinnion@londonyouthrowing.com with concerns or queries. For the Alternate Child Welfare Officer contact Rebecca Clephan on rclephan@londonyouthrowing.com or Owen Shephard on oshephard@londonyouthrowing.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.

Data Protection. To find out more about how your information is stored and protected at LYR, please refer to our Data Protection Policy and review our Privacy Notice.

Charity Number: 1122941. Company Number: 06243293. Royal Docks Adventure, 1012 Dockside Road, London, E16 2QT.
Tel: 0203 356 7178