Active Row Programme

Through our flagship programme, London Youth Rowing work with State Secondary Schools to give young people the best opportunity to get active and improve their life skills, through indoor and on-water rowing.

As part of the national network of Sport England Satellite Hubs and Clubs, funding has been secured for 2017-2021 building on the success of the Programme for the past 8 years. Our Satellite Clubs are based at School sites, during lunchtime and after-school.

Our team of 7 Community Coaches work across 12 new Priority Boroughs from East to West London. We now have 64 Partner Schools, with the full programme led by our Community Coaches and 12 Competition Schools, engaged in our leadership programme and provision of local, area and national competition. We're proud to work closely with 12 SEN Schools across London and have an Inclusion Officer and SEN Lead Coach.

In 2016/17, over 2700 young people took part in our Clubs and 62 Schools on our Programme entered the 11th National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (managed by LYR) in March 2017. Over the past 4 years, we have exceeded our targets to engage over 9,754 young people.

Our Objectives in line with ‘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.

Girls Let’s Get Active Pilot

In May 2017, inspired by ‘This Girl Can’, we launched our girls’ only pilot programme. Focused on changing behaviour and attitudes to physical activity with inactive girls in Year 9 and 10, we worked closely with 5 Secondary Schools. The results after 8 weeks of activity showed a large shift in perceptions, increased resilience and increased engagement in PE.

The key outcomes covered with a new approach to delivery, emphasising the social experience were: self-esteem, confidence, teamwork, determination, resilience, social development, physical fitness.


Our mission is for our School based Clubs to be just the start of a young person’s journey to regular physical activity for life. We encourage young people to come along to our weekly recreational rowing sessions (at 8 sites) to try ‘On-water’ rowing and develop their teamwork and communication skills. This provides a fun social experience to mix with young people from other Schools at the same beginner’s level. Our Easter and Summer Learn to Row courses provide another opportunity to develop confidence rowing On-Water with our qualified Coaches.