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Examples of Our PROJECTS

Creating Accessible and Inclusive Rowing Programmes For Communities That Are 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.

We fund these projects through grants raised by donations and our yearly BIG ROW fundraiser (see TheBigRow tab above)

In 2021-22 we funded and part-funded 20 youth, adaptive and community initiatives from across the UK.

13 of these initiatives were given grants, and 7 of them were raised as part of the Big Row fundraiser

Please see below to find out how our funding impacted these projects!

East Anglia Youth Rowing

⭐ East Anglia Youth Rowing

Area : East Anglia

About : East Anglia Youth Rowing (EAYR for short) have done an incredible job of showing how the sport of rowing can not only be introduced to state schools, but can actually integrate into the state school system to hopefully become a staple sport for state schools in the area!

Impact: Love Rowing's grant helped EAYR to fund coaching for three schools, where the teachers themselves were taught how to coach rowing!

Link : If you would like to find out more about EAYR, please follow this link to visit their website!

Fulham Reach Boat Club

⭐ Fulham Reach

Area : Fulham, London

About : From post-lockdown to April last year Fulham Reach BC had already introduced students from 8 state schools to the sport of rowing, with a total of 921 students attending on-water sessions! What's more is that 60% of attendees were female, and 39% were from ethnically diverse backgrounds! These statistics are almost mind blowing, and we are in awe of the sheer scope of impact Fulham Reach are having in their area.

Impact : Their Love Rowing grant went towards helping Fulham Reach support more state school pupils from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Link : If you would like to find out more about Fulham Reach, their impact, and how to donate to them directly, please visit to find out more!

Go Row Gateshead

⭐ Tyne United RC

Area : Newcastle and Gateshead

About : When they approached Love Rowing, Tyne United Rowing Club had already initiated a state school rowing programme at Sacred Heart Catholic High School. They wanted to not only expand their programme to a further four schools in the area, but to embed the sport of rowing into their physical education curriculums too! We're seeing a lot of clubs, programmes and initiatives questioning the currently limitations of state school sports curriculums, and this is so great to see!!!

Impact : Tyne United RC used their grant to hold a number of indoor rowing workshops at local state schools, followed by water-based experiences at the club. So far they have introduced over 230 pupils to rowing for the first time!

Link : If you would like to find out more about Tyne United RC, please follow this link to view their website.

Carrick RC

Area : Falmouth and Penryn

About : After some successful learn to row pilots, Carrick Rowing Club decided to expand their youth initiative. They target children in receipt of free school meals in the Falmouth & Penryn region, and contacted Love Rowing for a grant to refurbish some of their coastal rowing boats to use as part of their youth initiative.

Impact : Love Rowing's grant enabled Carrick RC to refurbish two costal quads, and they are hoping to use these boats to engage up to 80 young people in 4 up-and-coming rowing programmes.

Link : If you would like to find out more about Carrick RC, please follow this link to their Facebook page.

Adaptive rowing Silverlinings Brain Injury Charity

City of Oxford RC & The Silverlinings Charity

Area : Oxford

About : City of Oxford Rowing Club run monthly community rowing sessions in partnership with the Silverlinings Charity - a charity that specialises in supporting people who have been affected by traumatic brain injuries. Love Rowing funded this programme for a year covering coaching, catering and transportation to and from the club for the participants.

Impact : The participants from the Silverlinings Charity have told Love Rowing it really opened doors for them when many were shut. They absolutely loved the sessions. They had never been offered rowing as a sport for them to join and didn't ever think it was something they could do. Brain injury means varying levels of disability and many of the Silverliners thought they couldn't get on the water. By the second session, they were on the water rowing! The impact on friends and family is huge and it is a real pleasure to fund this project. We underestimated just how much is means to the Silverliners and we look forward to doing more with them across the country.

Link : If you would like to find out more about City of Oxford RC, please visit their website at, and if you would like to read more about the Silverlinings Charity, please follow this link -

iBelong at The Lea Rowing Club

iBelong at Lea RC

Area : Hackney, Harringay, and Waltham Forest

About : The iBelong project is run from Lea Rowing Club, and was set up to ensure that their membership truly represented the diversity of the surrounding borroughs. The project ran ergo sessions, followed by learn to row courses, and their impact has been very substantial.

Impact : After teaming up with the T Twenty Movement, iBelong have successfully enticed a number of people from surrounding ethnic minority communities to their learn to row courses, and have even retained some of them as members. It's clear that their brand is shifting towards equality and diversity, and we love to see it!

Link : If you would like to find out more about iBelong, please visit their website at!

The Gorse Academy Boat Club

⭐ The Gorse Academies Trust

Area : Leeds

About : The Gorse Academies Trust (TGAT) are all state schools in Leeds that have an above average number of pupils in receipt of free school meals. TGAT are yet another example of an initiative really paving the way for rowing to be a viable option for state schools to include in their physical education curriculum. The Academy delivers indoor rowing to up to 5,800 students per year! A staggering number.

Love Rowing's grant provided funds for 6 weeks of on-water taster sessions for students who were already rowing indoor. This was used as an incentive to attending school and completing their exams.

Impact : Gorse Academy successfully ran their taster courses for 323 children. They were also able to provide each student with an ice cream which made all the difference to the children. This was the first time many of these students rowed on water and it was a huge success.

Link :
If you would like to find out more about the Gorse Academies Trust, please visit, or follow @tgbc_leeds on Instagram

Indoor Rowing Schools Initiative Coventry

⭐ Here For Sport at Coventry City BC

Area : Coventry

About : Here For Sport is a growing rowing initiative based in Coventry. They approached Love Rowing for funding to help kickstart the creation of a school rowing programme. They've got big goals, and haven't stopped fundraising. Please visit their website (link below) to find out more.

Impact : Their Love Rowing grant allowed Here For Sport to purchase coaching qualifications for their staff, and one ergo. With this they have been able to begin training teachers at the local Foxford School how to row, and how to teach rowing to their pupils!

Link : If you would like to find out more about the Here For Sport initiative, please visit to view the initiative website.

Radley & Oxford Academy

⭐ Radley College State School Programme with Oxford Academy

Area : Abingdon

About : Radley College Boat Club have partnered with a local state school, the Oxford Academy to run learn to row courses for year 8 students who could not afford to access rowing otherwise. Students get the opportunity to row for one year and if they would like to continue, they can join Hinksey Sculling School.

Impact : Radley College Boat Club participated in the Big Row and raised £746 towards this programme. Love Rowing have since had a donor who has added to these funds to help grow the state school programme. Initial funds were used to kickstart the learn to row courses, which have since received very positive feedback from academy students and teachers.

Adaptive rowing at Marlow

Marlow RC

Area : Marlow

About : Marlow Rowing Club already had an established adaptive section when they approached us, with some of their previous members successfully trialling for the GB Paralympic squad! However, they required extra equipment to keep supporting their members with disabilities, and that's where Love Rowing came in!

Impact : After purchasing the seats, Marlow RC have been able to support four adaptive rowers of varying abilities to enjoy sculling at the club.

Link : If you would like to find out more about adaptive rowing at Marlow RC, please visit the adaptive section of their website at


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Love Rowing is the trading name for the British Rowing Charitable Foundation (Company number 11490809), registered office 6 Lower Mall, London, W6 9DJ. The British Rowing Charitable Foundation is a registered charity (1179845) in England and Wales.

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