Overseas Recruitment

Does your club understand the legislation behind employing someone from abroad? Have a look at this section for some invaluable information.

Employing people from outside the EEA

The following information applies to all rowing clubs and affiliated organisations who wish to employ people from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

The UK Border Agency’s points based system allows rowing clubs to recruit the skills they need from abroad while providing assurances to the public that only those migrants needed will be able to come to the United Kingdom. British Rowing has been recognised by the UK Border Agency as the governing body for setting endorsement requirements and issuing endorsements for rowing in England, Scotland and Wales.

In sport, Tiers 2 and 5 of the 5 Tier points based system are applicable.

Skilled Tier 2 (sports people)

Applicable for elite sports people and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level, whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level in the UK and who intend to base themselves in the UK.

Temporary Tier 5 (sporting)

Applicable for internationally established sports people at the highest level in their sport and/or whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development and operation of that particular sport in the UK.  It is also for coaches who must be suitably qualified to fulfil the role in question.  This category is for temporary workers who come to the united kingdom for up to 12 months.

Rowing clubs and other organisations need to apply for a licence to be on the register of sponsors for the points based system. See www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk.

British Rowing, Scottish Rowing and Welsh Rowing have been consulted in drawing up Rowing’s endorsement requirements and these will be reviewed annually.

Read more about the process, the requirements for Sponsors, criteria for coaches and other non-coaching roles in the guidance below.

All jobs should be advertised before an endorsement is issued.  In Rowing, advertisements should be placed on the websites of British Rowing, Scottish Rowing and Welsh Rowing, as well as that of UK Sport and in at least one UK based rowing or discipline-specific publication.

Guidance documents

British Rowing UKBA Coaching Endorsement Application

British Rowing UKBA Non-Coaching Endorsement Application

British Rowing UKBA Temporary Endorsement Application


British Rowing UK Border Agency Points based System Guidance

Application for UKBA Tier 2 Sponsor Licence

Application for UKBA Tier 5 Sponsor Licence

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