Martin Gough |

Great Coaching: Chris Williams and the Tideway Scullers’ junior programme

While many successful junior coaches are now professional, Chris Williams of Tideway Scullers is an example of a club volunteer who has led his crew to a Henley triumph. Martin Gough spoke to him

Chris Williams is definitely part of the old school, but he is giving the new school a very good run for their money.

While many leading junior programmes now employ professional coaches, he continues to voluntarily lead the older boys at Tideway Scullers School, the club where he has been a member for almost 40 years.

And last summer, after a second COVID-hit season, they brought home the Fawley Challenge Cup for junior men’s quad sculls from Henley Royal Regatta, beating Windsor Boys School in the final.

At the turn of the year, having been nominated by members of his J16 squad, Williams won the Club Performance category of British Rowing’s Coach of the Year award, but he says of the honour: “It’s nice to have their recognition, but why we do this is to get people to improve to an extent where they can go out and win stuff and really move on.

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