Joanne Harris |

Valuing your volunteer coaches

Our volunteer coaches help to inspire people to engage with our sport Joanne Harris explores how we can better appreciate their efforts

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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