STAGING Indoor rowing takes off in the North West - British Rowing

Indoor rowing takes off in the North West

On 7th December The Lancaster Schools Rowing Association ran its first ever indoor rowing event at Ripley St Thomas High School in Lancaster.

The schools in the Association are linked by the work done in the local area by British Rowing HSCT coach, Amy Ward, who has been working with Lancaster John o’Gaunt Rowing Club and the local schools over the past year.


At this inaugural event only two schools were involved on the day (unfortunately a third had to pull out at the last minute) and ran with races in years seven to nine. Ripley St Thomas High School, who hosted the event, competed against Central Lancaster High School, and it was the hosts that came out on top winning overall.

A few weeks prior to the event, club officials and members of staff from schools that have been benefiting from coaching met together to look into formalising the links through the creation of the Association.
With more schools working in partnership with Lancaster John o’Gaunt Rowing Club the Association has plans to spread out into the local area in order to offer the sport of indoor and water rowing to more young people.

With this initiative, Lancaster John o’Gaunt has seen the benefits of new growth in its junior section.  Help from local students from Lancaster and Cumbria Universities coaching at the club has been gratefully received.

Dan Hetherington
Coaching & Development Team Leader
North West