Our flagship programme Active Row launched in October 2017, supported by our funding partners Sport England and Tideway. Our mission is to get 8,000 more young people active across the capital, through indoor rowing clubs, indoor competitions and access to rowing in the Summer term. In March 2018, we launched a new local partnership with Quintain to develop the Programme in Schools in Brent.

Through Active Row we engage with 76 Secondary State Schools; 58 Partner schools and 18 Competition Schools from East to West London over four years. 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.

Since 2012, we have engaged over 2,000 young people every year from mainstream and Special Educational Needs Schools in rowing, as part of the National Network of Sport England Satellite Hubs and Clubs. The team 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, 

We are working in 12 London Priority Boroughs based on the London Poverty Profile; (see the specific schools we work with in each borough). As part of Active Row, we are working with 11 Special Educational Needs Schools and our Partner Tideway funds the Active Row programme for 14 Schools along the River Thames.

Over 1000 participants from 57 Active Row Schools participated in The National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships 2018 held on 9 March. To find out if your School was represented by the Top Ten Active Row Participants, click here

Click below to view our new Active Row Highlights of the 2018 Indoor Competitions.


Through Active Row, we are working to achieve 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

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.