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England Talent Pathway

Providing support for rowers who show potential to reach the Olympic podium.


Is your dream to row for the GB Rowing Team?

The England Talent Pathway identifies rowers already at clubs who show potential to become the next members of the GB Rowing Team. We give opportunities for you and your coach to work with our England Talent Pathway team and to develop both of you to reach your full potential.

How the Programme Works?

We use three specific events each year to talent spot the next generation of GB Rowers. Junior Trials, BUCS Regatta and Home International Trials.

Rowers that show potential at these identification opportunities will be invited along with their coaches to a targeted development camp and training days throughout the country.

We also link you with an England Talent Pathway Coach who will work with you, your coach and your club to give you the best chance of progressing into the GB Rowing Squad.

The number of places available for women in the GB Rowing Team is increasing for Tokyo 2020. To help boost the number of women moving from club rowing into the GB Rowing Team we will also identify women at Training days throughout the country.

The new direction of the England Talent Pathway was established in 2017 with funding from Sport England.

How do you apply to join the programme?

To join the programme you must be invited through one of the following ways.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the England Talent Pathway please contact James Andrews, Head of Pathways.



Do I need rowing experience?

Yes in the majority of cases, you will need to have had some rowing experience. However if you are based near one of our ETP centres located in Norwich and Kent you may be able to begin your rowing journey with us. If you live elsewhere and have not not rowed before why not look at the World Class Start Programme.

I don’t meet your criteria. Does this mean I cannot row for Great Britain?

NO! The England Talent Pathway is just one way to aim for the GB Rowing Team. Many of our Olympians learnt to row at school, university or a local club.  Find out about the other ways to get into rowing here.

Why do you have age criteria?

To become an Olympian takes time so we want to recruit people that have the years ahead of them to learn and develop the skills that can take them to the podium.

Why do you have a minimum height criteria?

Many of the most successful rowers are tall. This is because their long levers (arms and legs) help to gain maximum propulsion and make the boat go faster.  The England Talent Pathway is, therefore, looking for people with this attribute.

Why don’t you test other age groups other than J16 at Junior Level?

We only test the J16 age group directly via our Junior Trials in February. Older Juniors can still be picked up by attending one of our Women’s Training days or by attending the Home International Regatta Trials for England. If you decide to attend university you may also be picked up via our Talent ID at BUCS Regatta. If you would like more information you can contact a member of the England Talent Pathway team who will be able to advise you.

Do I have to row for a certain club or move if I get selected for the England Talent Pathway?

No, not initially. To start with we will support you at your host club, by working with your coach and club to provide the best opportunities for you. If and when the time is right we would encourage you to attend one of the High-Performance Programmes around the country.

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