The Royal Docks Adventure (RDA) in Newham provides LYR an unrivalled facility to offer on-water rowing to young people across East London. This is our biggest site in East London, in addition to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Fairlop Waters.

In the West, we work closely with Thames Tradesmen Rowing Club, Osterley Park and Fulham Reach Boat Club. Our Schools on the Active Row programme have the opportunity to progress from indoor rowing to rowing on water, in the Spring and Summer term under the guidance of our Community Coaches.

3475 Participants in 2017

Development Squad, after school club 1-2 times a week

Our beginners squads run after school club 1-2 times a week at various locations, to develop young people’s confidence, fitness and technique on the water.

Currently three centres operate Development Squads across London:

  • Royal Docks Adventure (Monday and Saturday)
  • Thames Tradesmen Rowing Club (Wednesday)
  • Fairlop Rowing Club (Tuesday and Thursday)

This is the perfect pathway for young people with experience of indoor rowing from Active Row to progress to a more formalised squad.


The Development Squad aims to:

  • Act as a pathway from indoor rowing to on-water rowing
  • Encourage the move into competitive junior squads when they are ready to compete
  • Provide a supportive, fun and social environment for young people to be active
  • To engage young people from diverse backgrounds through the Active Row Programme

To get in touch, please email Bobbie Morgan for East London on [email protected] and Tom Rook for West London on [email protected] 


Junior Rowing Squads, after school club 4-6 times a week

Our Junior Rowing Club squads run after school club, usually 4-6 times a week with our Head Coach. There is usually a selection process and experience of rowing required.

LYR has an established partnership with two successful rowing clubs:

  • Globe Rowing Club, East
  • Thames Tradesmen Rowing Club, West

By providing a full time Coach and all necessary equipment, all athletes proudly represent both LYR and the respective Junior Rowing Club.

The aims of this programme are:

  • To run a high level rowing programme similar to those in other well established junior rowing clubs
  • To encourage high performance rowing and competition, at regional and national level
  • To provide activity and social experiences to develop life skills
  • To engage young people from diverse backgrounds through the Active Row Programme