Zoe Gullen |

Learning to row: tips for running courses at your club

Learn to row courses can really help your club and rowing community to thrive. How do you maximise this opportunity? Rowers at Durham ARC, Peterborough and Thames Tradesmen share their insights

Rowing clubs would, quite simply, be nothing without their members: they rely on a strong membership base to grow and to support their aims, both practically and financially. Learn to row courses are a perfect opportunity to bring new people into the sport, opening up access, setting strong foundations and promoting club spirit.

Pete Brewer, who manages the learn to row programme at Thames Tradesmen, says: “It brings a club together: tea and biscuits afterwards is as important as shiny boats. Members learn from volunteers, so from day one they’re part of the club. Community is everything.”

Durham Amateur Rowing Club has been running learn to row courses for more than a decade and the courses, now overseen by community coach Tim Morris, are very much part of the club structure.

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