Active Row is London Youth Rowing's flagship programme. The goal is to get 8,000 more young people in state secondary schools, active across London through indoor rowing clubs, competitions and on-water rowing opportunities. 

Originally named the Satellite Hubs and Clubs Programme (SHaC), the programme relaunched in October 2017, supported by our funding partners Sport England and Tideway. In March 2018, we celebrated a new local partnership with Quintain to develop the programme in schools in Brent.

2018-19 was an outstanding year for outreach:

  • 72 schools, in 12 London priority boroughs based on the London Poverty Profile
  • A total of 2,936 participants (original target, 2000)
  • Over 1623 individual sessions 
  • 9% SEND (Special Educational Needs or Disability)
  • 65% BAME
  • 38% female

Our coaches focus 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. We specifically work with 11 Special Educational Needs and Disability schools.


We focus on achieving key shared objectives in the Sport England strategy ‘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


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.

To find out more about Active Row, please contact Programme Director, Emily Coe at [email protected]