Another year has passed and London Youth Rowing (LYR) through its innovative programmes continues to find new ways to help young people of all abilities from across the capital.

Thanks to an incredible team of coaches and network of supporters, partners, and volunteers we have provided even more opportunities to improve lives and combat inactivity through rowing. We continue to deliver on our aim of opening access to rowing for young people - over 9,000 during the year – with a special focus on those who “don’t do sport” or who would not normally try a new sport.

During the year we established an apprenticeship programme with great success and continued to build our pioneering Life Skills Breaking Barriers programme. Our indoor rowing programmes flourished at clubs based in over 75 schools and centres. In September we were delighted to announce the launch of “Active Row”, a new four year initiative to build on the momentum of our Satellite Club indoor rowing programme – again made possible with the incredible support of Sport England.

In March LYR hosted the 11th annual National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC) with over 2,300 young people from across the country entering the largest indoor rowing event anywhere. It is fantastic to see the increasing numbers of indoor rowers progressing to on- water joining over 4,000 participating in our many on-water course and club rowing opportunities.

Our junior clubs, now at five centres go from strength to strength with notable successes for young rowers at regattas and in selection for national squads. We are proud of the accomplishments of so many young people and hope you will enjoy exploring the LYR website. 

Thank you from all of us at LYR for your continued support.


Jim Downing   

Chairman & Founder, London Youth Rowing

(Content taken from 2016/17 Annual Review)