New Junior Rowing Leaders at Stratford Upon Avon BC

Stratford Upon Avon BC was a hive of activity this weekend with a second group of over 16s attending the British Rowing Junior Rowing Leader course. Members of the expanding junior squad learnt how to deliver rowing sessions safely under the supervision of a qualified coach.

“Learning how to deliver early rowing sessions, the role of a rowing leader and how to conduct a basic risk assessment are the main elements of this full day’s course,” says Andrew Roe, Stratford upon Avon Boat Club’s Head Coach. “Personal and crew safety are paramount in rowing and taking responsibility for those you are coaching heightens awareness of safety and takes up a large amount of the course.”

“The course is designed for existing rowers who have been in the sport for over a year and have passed their capsize drill water rescue training” explains Will Bird, the Club’s Junior Co-ordinator.

The new Rowing Leaders will be able to put what they’ve learnt into practice when assisting with the clubs’ upcoming Learn to Row courses.

“With our ‘Learn to Row’ courses starting after Easter, having these enthusiastic youngsters working under the supervision of our qualified coaches mentoring their peers will hopefully free up some of our experienced coaches to supervise even more adults on these versatile fun courses,” said Felix Badcock, the Club’s President.

For more information on becoming a Rowing Leader and details of upcoming courses see

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