December 2018

At London Youth Rowing, we continue to deliver on our aim of opening access to rowing for young people from all backgrounds and abilities across London. We have three pillars of delivery: engagement, life skills, competition.

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.

During the past year, nearly 8,000 young people took part in our programmes. Our re-launched Active Row programme, made possible by the incredible support of Sport England and new partner Tideway, continued its great start with 72 state schools from the most deprived areas of London participating. Two Schools, Mossbourne Community Academy, Hackney and St Angela's Ursuline School, Newham featured recently on the BBC News showing the impact of Active Row helping more young people become regularly active. This was linked to publication of the first Active Lives Children Survey of 130,000 young people aged 5-15 years.

Our innovative Life Skills programme, Breaking Barriers is expanding in 2018/19 to include more work experience placements, employability workshops and new one-to-one mentoring for selected 16 to 19 year olds. Thanks to the support of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, the Alternative Provisions programme will scale up in 2018/19 to reach those most at risk of unemployment and offending.

We look forward to hosting the 2019 National Junior Indoor Rowing Championships (NJIRC) at the Copper Box Arena in March with support from Sport England, The Henley Royal Regatta Charitable Trust and Concept2. Alongside this huge event, we will host the inaugural 'Race The Thames', where teams of 8 will race over an incredible 45 miles - the length of the Tidal Thames to raise funds and ensure NJIRC can continue to be delivered in 2019 and beyond.

John Kinsella

London Youth Rowing

(Content updated from 2017/18 Annual Review)