First 5 GB Coastal Sculling Academies launched

The Academies have been created jointly by British Rowing, Welsh Rowing and Scottish Rowing following the recent inclusion of Beach Sprint rowing in the LA 2028 Olympic Games


The aim is to provide a network of locations around Great Britain that provide suitable environments for people to try the Beach Sprint format and wider coastal sculling, and to train and develop the skills these require. The GB Coastal Sculling Academies will focus on introducing rowers to the format and on supporting those who aspire for future international representation for GB and/or Commonwealth Home Nations teams.

The first wave of locations to be confirmed as GB Coastal Sculling Academies are:

  • University of St Andrews, supported by Scottish Rowing – contact Iain Docwra [email protected]
  • Tynemouth RC, supported by British Rowing – contact Mark Hyson [email protected]
  • Fishguard and Goodwick Jemima RC, supported by Welsh Rowing – contact Martha Owen [email protected]
  • Mumbles RC, supported by Welsh Rowing – contact James Walker [email protected]
  • Knoll Beach, Studland, supported by British Rowing – contact Lucy Hart [email protected]

GB Coastal Sculling Academy locations

Having a network of locations will be very important as we continue to develop competitive Beach Sprint teams at World, Commonwealth and now Olympic level. We’re currently working with a number of other clubs and organisations that we hope to add to the list of GB Coastal Sculling Academies over the coming season. Further applications from clubs and organisations interested in becoming GB Coastal Sculling Academies are also welcome; find out more here.

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