London Youth Rowing has received funding from three key partners to drive substantial growth across the UK and support the physical and mental wellbeing of young people from disadvantaged areas. 

Sport England, Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust (HRRCT) and City Bridge Trust have all committed funding to London Youth Rowing, which will include growth of its existing Active Row London programme, in the Capital. 

Further HRRCT funding will directly assist with the implementation of the Active Row project in Leeds, whilst also backing the Virtual National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships in May and enhancing inclusivity in rowing coaching. 

Active Row London 

Over the past four years, Active Row London has reached over 2,000 young people each year, getting them active through indoor and on-water rowing. The combined support of Sport England, Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust (HRRCT), City Bridge Trust and Tidewaywill allow the programme to provide indoor rowing machines and full-time coaches in over 60 schools across some of London’s most disadvantaged boroughs. The programme focuses on inclusion, with 49% of participants being female, 69% from ethnic minority backgrounds and 8% having special educational needs or a disability.  

 From April, the Active Row programme will also include the exciting addition of a new “Step Up” Coach Development Programme, directly supported by HRRCT. This will provide coaches from underrepresented backgrounds a pathway into a career in rowing coaching. This will support the long-term goal of making rowing a more inclusive sport. 

‘’I joined the Active Row club because it looked fun and a physical activity I would enjoy. Rowing has taught me bravery, resilience and coordination and how to be a better listener. I feel like I am a changed person a I am a proud, independent young teenager. A confident teenager. I feel like I have achieved something .’’ Awa, Active Row Participant, Harris Academy Bermondsey 

Active Row Leeds 

The Active Row programme is also launching outside London for the first time, again in partnership with Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust. Active Row Leeds will build on the work of RowLeeds, managing the community engagement portion of their existing programme and working with Leeds RC to provide access to on-water rowing.  

Active Row Leeds will provide indoor rowing machines and coaching support in at least 17 secondary schools across the city. The programme aims to target at least 500 young people within the first two years, and within three years, work with up to 30 schools in the area. 

Virtual National Junior Indoor Rowing Championship (NJIRC) 

Junior rowers from both London and Leeds will also be introduced to the sports’ biggest junior competition platform - the National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships 

Now in its 15th year, the event is taking place online for the first time in May 2021supported for the third consecutive year by HRRCT. Over 2,000 young people aged 11-18 will take part, with the event also now open to international entries. 

Matt Rostron, CEO, London Youth Rowing said: 

We are incredibly excited to be re-launching Active Row London from April 2021, with the support of Sport England, Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust and City Bridge Trust. The programme in London forms the bedrock of our work to help young people from underrepresented backgrounds to get active and to experience the benefits of rowing. Coming out of covid, supporting young people in this way will be more important than ever. We are also thrilled to be working with Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust and RowLeeds to launch a version of the programme, ActiveRowLeeds, outside the capital for the first time.  

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE, Chairman of Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust said: 

“The Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust is proud to continue to support the fantastic work of London Youth Rowing through its Active Row programme and our continued funding of NJIRC. The Trust is committed to providing opportunities to make rowing more inclusive and provide opportunities for young people to enjoy the immense benefits the sport can have on both their physical and mental well-being. The success of the Active Row programme over the past four years has been a great achievement and we are thrilled to be able to fund the expansion of the programme to Leeds as well as support the new Step Up coaching programme, which provides an effective pathway through the sport, ensuring that the positive effects on participation and inclusivity are sustainable in the long term.”