We believe that there is an inequality in how people are able to access sport in this country based solely on socio-economic background. Many millions of young people engage in no regular physical activity at all and a child from a less advantaged home is likely to spend at least five hours a week less time exercising than their wealthier peers.

This can have alarming and wide-ranging consequences. Sport is a catalyst for a healthier lifestyle and all the benefits that brings across the course of a lifetime. Sport is a key and immensely effective conduit for important life-skills such as team work and resilience. 

Using the power of sport as a tool for social change can empower young people to overcome the limitations imposed by challenging circumstances in their communities. Rowing encompasses all of the vital skills and attributes that sport has to offer but sadly it is out of reach for lots of young people especially from some of the least advantaged areas.

LYR through our partnerships with Sport England, Tideway and many others are hoping to change this. We run programmes for young people from all backgrounds across London; in schools, clubs and on the water. We build resilience, team work, commitment and, most of all, we help young people realise their potential.

Our mission is to support more young people to become confident, capable and active through rowing.

Active Row

Active Row is London Youth Rowing's flagship programme. The goal is to get 8,000 more young people in state secondary schools, active across London through indoor rowing clubs, competitions and on-water rowing opportunities. 

2800+ participants across 70 active row clubs and open clubs

2300+ young people taking part in our competition programme (Active row comps + NJIRC)

48% of competitors at NJIRC female, 5% SEND

247 relay teams entered NJIRC


Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers combines rowing and mentoring support young people in achieving their further education and career goals. 

Breaking Barriers – 74 participants across 4 cohorts, 83% BAME, 51% female, worked with 40 mentors and 6 corporate partners