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Love Rowing's mission is to create accessible and inclusive rowing programmes for communities that are currently underrepresented in the sport. We want to bring more people into the sport of rowing with a focus on; young people from lower socioeconomic communities, people with disabilities and ethnically diverse communities.

Projects have been funded across the UK:
ewcastle & Gateshead, Southampton, Cornwall, Birmingham, Coventry, London, Swansea, Stoke on Trent, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester and Marlow.


School Initiatives

East Anglia - East Anglia Youth Rowing

Led by City of Cambridge Rowing Club, East Anglia Youth Rowing (EAYR) is a new initiative bringing in more students from state schools into the sport across East Anglia. Love Rowing has funded 3 schools. The initiative introduces rowing to students from low income household families who otherwise would not have access to the sport.

EAYR is building partnerships with state schools to introduce rowing as a school sport from Year 9 or to focus on students in Year 8 who are at risk of disengaging with education. EAYR will be introducing a mixture of indoor rowing sessions and on water rowing sessions at partner rowing clubs. 

Newcastle and Gateshead – Tyne United Rowing Club

Love Rowing has funded a part of Tyne United's state school programme with 4 schools in the local area. The initiative covers indoor and on water programme impacting 400 children across the schools.

Birmingham – B Row
B Row is an established youth rowing programme for young people in Birmingham. Love Rowing funded coaching costs for the ongoing school programme for 60 children

Carrick – Carrick Rowing Club
Love Rowing funded the refurbishment of an explorer boat to use for the start of a schools engagement programme and school holiday programme in Falmouth and Penryn for 80 children.

Coventry – Here for Sport
State school programme in Coventry in partnership with Warwick University Boat Club in a deprived area. Love Rowing funded coaching for the programme which targets 300 students in 2022

Trentham – Trentham Boat Club
A junior programme in Staffordshire for 80 children across 12 months. Love Rowing provided a grant which part funded the coaching.

Hammersmith and Fulham, London – Fulham Reach Boat Club – Love Rowing funded coaching fees and support for 2 school children for a year for learn to row sessions.


Adaptive Rowing
Community Sessions - Adaptive Rowing

Love Rowing run monthly community adaptive rowing sessions to bring new audiences into adaptive rowing, showing the benefits the sport can bring.

City of Oxford RC - The monthly sessions are currently held at City of Oxford Rowing Club, in partnership with The Silverlinings Charity - a charity for people who have suffered with a brain injury. The initiative provides an opportunity for The Silverlinings Charity members to 'have a go' in a non threatening and friendly environment.

Love Rowing has given grants to clubs to be able to offer adaptive rowing:

These have included:

  • Adaptive PR1 seat for Marlow Rowing Club
  • Adaptive floats and back support to remove barriers to participation at Coalporters Rowing Club. Allowing adaptive sculling, while promoting independence.
  • Adaptive seats and sculling blades to cater for more adaptive rowers at City of Swansea Rowing Club 

Community Initiatives

Hackney, London - The Lea Rowing Club

Love Rowing funded 25 people in The iBelong initiative, structured pathway to help adults from diverse ethnic communities to progress from beginner level to full club membership.

Wythenshawe, Manchester

The United estates of Wythenshawe (UEW) is a unique inner city cultural centre. Indoor rowing has been set up and implemented at the centre.. Love Rowing funded rowing machines and trained 10 leaders and fitness professionals based at the centre to run indoor row classes with a future plan to offer on water sessions at a local rowing club.

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