As an affiliated British Rowing club, you are a voting member of the association and receive access to many benefits
Clubs may affiliate to develop, gain access to funding, compete or to be recognised as a British Rowing member
This section is for clubs interested in affiliating for the first time or renewing affiliation after a period of inactivity. Clubs come in many different shapes and sizes and can be run in a variety of ways. British Rowing encourages the establishment of new clubs in areas where rowing is not currently offered.
We have tried to make the process as straightforward as possible whilst ensuring that clubs still meet our requirements. Please note there are separate application forms for Open Clubs, University Clubs and School Clubs, we recommend taking the time to complete your application thoroughly as this will save you time later in the process.
What you need to know
Once you’re ready to start the affiliation process you’ll need to fill in an application form (see the checklist below). This needs to be completed by your club secretary and requires details of your club committee members, members, host club (if applicable), signatures from your Regional Safety Adviser and Regional Chairman. It also contains a checklist for you to track your progress.
Affiliation requires an annual fee and from the 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 this is currently £95.00 for 10 members or less, plus £7.00 for each additional member. Fees for each year are confirmed in February. Once affiliated there is an annual process of renewal involving a safety audit and membership declaration, information around this can be found on the Affiliation Renewal page
Boating Base and Host Clubs
All clubs must have a designated boating base. If you do not have your own boat house then you can request permission from a host club to use their facilities and/or equipment. You may want to consider the practicalities of such an arrangement with your host club, these could include agreements on: boat sharing, any host club membership fees, training times, policies, communication and insurance. The new club should be aware that they need to read, understand and adopt all of the safety procedures of their host club.
There is a section on the application form which must be completed first, for your host club to agree, complete and sign, if this applies.
An online safety audit must be completed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org when you need to do this so we can set you up on the system. This needs to be approved by your Regional Rowing Safety Adviser before they will sign the application, please contact this person for advice or assistance with the audit.
For all clubs, please read the British Rowing welfare documents, as well as the role description of the Club Welfare Officer.
All clubs need to have a club constitution. You can download the British Rowing model constitution here, please note there is a separate one for Clubs and Schools. We recommend keeping this in line with our model as applications for accreditation and funding will require certain clauses to be included and these are all contained in this document. Please note also that a club will not be accepted for affiliation to British Rowing unless their Constitution contains:
- an equal opportunities clause
- confirmation that your club will implement British Rowing’s policies on safeguarding and protecting children
- confirmation that your club will adhere to the safety requirements of the RowSafe Guide (examples of which are included in the model constitution)
All British Rowing clubs must be adequately insured and take responsibility for all of their equipment and liability for the actions for the club.
The completed club constitution must be sent with the application form to the Regional Chairman.
Contact Details and Club Colours
The address on the application form will be used until advised of any change and will appear in the British Rowing Almanack with the club colours.
British Rowing Approval
Please send the completed forms marked ‘Affiliations’ to the British Rowing Hammersmith office or electronically to email@example.com. If they are sent electronically please note that the application form is a PDF so it will need to be printed off and scanned to complete. Please check that you have required signatures and a copy of the Club’s Constitution. This will be presented to the Board for approval and the Club Secretary will be informed when the affiliation has been approved.
|University Affiliation Application Form|
|Club Affiliation Application Form|
|School Affiliation Application Form|
|Proposed Blade / Kit for approval|
- University Affiliation Application Form
- Club Affiliation Application Form
- School Affiliation Application Form
- Club Constitution
- Club Structure
- Safety Audit
- Proposed Blade / Kit for approval