Joanne Harris |

UK Coaching Week: valuing your volunteer coaches

British Rowing is supporting UK Coaching Week’s campaign ‘Support Your Coach’. In the next article in our series, Joanne Harris explores how we can better appreciate the efforts of our volunteer coaches

Volunteers, and volunteer coaches, in particular, are the lifeblood of rowing. They can be found at clubs up and down the country, giving up hours of free time every week in all weathers to develop and encourage their crews.

The reward for that time is difficult to quantify, but can, say coaches, be immense.

“The value, I suppose, is just seeing the athletes improve and being there to support them and, hopefully, gradually seeing them get better over time,” says Chris Turner, women’s coach at City of Bristol Rowing Club.

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