London Youth Rowing’s Active Row programme is working with over 70 state secondary schools from East to West London. Their aim is to engage young people who are less likely to participate in physical activity, such as those from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, girls and individuals with special educational needs or a disability.
Working to make rowing more accessible, London Youth Rowing’s flagship programme relaunched as Active Row in October 2017. It has seen the establishment of more than 70 secondary school-based indoor rowing clubs, multiple on-water clubs and many learn-to row courses.
The project’s eight coaches focus on engaging young people who are less likely to participate in physical activity, such as those from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds, girls and individuals with special educational needs or a disability. Emily Coe, Active Row Programme Director, says: “London Youth Rowing believe that rowing has the power to change young people’s lives. We believe that the opportunity should be available to all, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality or otherwise.”
More than 60% of participants in Active Row are from BAME backgrounds with delivery taking place across some of the most deprived London boroughs.
London Youth Rowing’s mission is to get 8,000 more young people active across the capital within four years. Activities take place at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and eight additional iconic sites across London including along the Thames, reconnecting young people with the river.
Emily says: “Active Row embodies London Youth Rowing’s mission having opened access to rowing to over 5,000 young people over the past two years. The programme consistently delivers rowing opportunities in schools, on the water and in competition, inspiring young people to get active and stay active for life. It encourages better mental, physical and social wellbeing while nurturing determination and success in a new generation of rowers.”
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