Manchester

based at Agecroft RC

The World Class Start centre in the North West was set up in 2004 and is hosted by Agecroft RC, located in Salford Quays. Founded in 1861, Agecroft is one of the oldest open membership rowing clubs in the world. The current club building is a purpose built watersports centre and is fully equipped with ergo and weights rooms.

The centre is located on a quiet 5km stretch of the River Irwell, and benefits from being the only boathouse in the area. Based just outside Manchester, there are excellent travel links, and the programme recruits from local universities – Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Salford, Liverpool, and Lancaster.

Graduates include current squad members Graeme Thomas, Zak Lee-Green, Rebecca Chin, Alice Baatz, Ellie Lewis and Ruth Siddorn. Former Manchester Start coach Hamish Burrell now coaches the senior men’s sculling squad at the national training base in Caversham.

Find out more about World Class Start here