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Active Row Festival 2023 celebrates the end of another year in style

In late June LYR hosted the 2023 Active Row On Water Festival at their Olympic Park base, to celebrate the end of another year of the Active Row programme. 20 schools and around 400 young people came together over the two-day programme, taking part in a fun-filled celebration of the Active Row programme and their personal achievements through the year.

The festival showcased the rowing skills young people had built up through the year and also offered them the opportunity to take on challenges to help them build the five Active Row Life Skills; teamwork, staying positive, aiming high, problem-solving and leadership.

In an atmosphere of laughter, friendly competition and achievement groups from each school worked their way around five different stations, each focusing on one of the life skills and introducing different water sports including fixed seat rowing, indoor rowing, stand up paddle boarding and bell-boating.

Connor, a PE Teacher at Samuel Rhodes school, one of the Islington schools attending the event said, “I am so thankful for the opportunities LYR have provided for our students from indoor rowing training to on-water rowing sessions. The LYR staff are very helpful, supportive and encourage our children to work as a team to complete tasks to earn points during the festival. Our students have developed their rowing skills by being able to train with the coaches and gain experience using different boats. Overall, a very enriching experience."

Pupils who attended from Rutlish Academy said "Excellent team building exercises and a lot of fun" and "Thanks LYR for organising and hosting this . It was excellent."

As ever, a massive thank you needs to go to Active Row’s funders; Sport England, Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust, the London Borough of Islington, Wellington Investment Management Foundation, and Lendlease UK, whose ongoing support has enabled LYR to run Active Row and the festival again this year. LYR remains committed to using rowing and other water sports to provide transformative experiences for young people – the Active Row On Water Festival was the perfect embodiment of that aim and a fantastic way to mark the end of the school year.

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