Schools receive visits from GB rowers after participating in School Rowing Review Survey

Schools in Marlow, Oxford and Bristol, as well as Weybridge RC won visits from GB Rowing Team athletes for taking part in the School Rowing Review Survey


GB Rowing Team members visit Great Marlow School

Pupils at Great Marlow School were treated to a visit by eight GB Rowing Team athletes on Wednesday, with members of the school’s boat club able to seek advice from a host of World and Olympic medallists.

Around 60 pupils got the chance to show off their skills in a 3,000m rowing machine relay competition, with the likes of Katherine Copeland, Peter Lambert and Karen Bennett providing coaching and support.

Great Marlow won the chance to host the athletes by taking part in the School Rowing Review Survey, a research project co-ordinated and authored by an External Advisor from the Youth Sport Trust, working closely with a cross-directorate British Rowing project team.

Four more athletes headed to Oxford to visit another winner, Headington School, while future trips are lined up to Clifton School in Bristol and Weybridge Rowing Club for their participation in the surveys for rowers, coaches, and parents, which attracted over 1,500 responses .

While the report is titled ‘School Rowing Review’, the consultation has looked at all school-aged rowers, whether they row at a school or in the community. The review has included the three main disciples within rowing; sliding seat, fixed seat, and indoor rowing.

The aims of the review were to:

  • Establish the size and scale of current school rowing activity
  • Understand the rationale for and benefits of school rowing
  • Establish how British Rowing and other key stakeholders can best support the growth of school rowing
  • Inform development of a British Rowing School Rowing Strategy

Since the School Rowing Review has been completed, British Rowing has discussed the findings with key stakeholders. These findings inform the School Rowing Strategy which is currently being written.