Author Archives: Seb Walker

Rowing is a sport that can change lives with its unique combination of skills, challenge and teamwork.

Too often though the sport has been the preserve of rowing schools and universities as well as those lucky enough to encounter it by chance.

East Anglia Youth Rowing Program is an outreach program to introduce rowing to some of the more disadvantaged students at schools in East Anglia, with the goal of fostering inclusion, challenge and aspiration.  We also want to broaden access to the sport. The program will be run from City of Cambridge Rowing Club in partnership with Isle of Ely, Sudbury and Huntingdon rowing clubs.  The program is supported by the British Rowing Eastern Region Rowing Council and is part funded by LoveRowing, the British Rowing charitable foundation.

We will be launching the program in January 2022 with North Cambridge Academy where students from Year 9 will have the chance to take part in indoor and water rowing twice a week. At the same time we are joining forces with Isle of Ely Rowing Club to enhance an existing program at Ely College that is supported by the Gemini Boat Race Bursary Fund. From Easter we will be launching a program with Sudbury Rowing Club to bring rowing to Thomas Gainsborough School. Further schools will be added as funds become available.

If you are …

  • A school that is interested in the program
  • A rower, cox, coach or umpire within the sport who would like support the program by volunteering
  • A company that would like to support a program that will impact the life chances of disadvantaged students

… then we would like to hear from you. Email – events[at]cityrc.co.uk

Results of the two days of racing can be found on our events page.

Video footage of each day can be found on our Facebook page.

We are back and on the water! We started getting single sculls out in June, but now have been able to build to something resembling a normal program, with singles and pairs/doubles now out and fours due to go out from mid-August.

Once again we are taking on new members who already have some experience of the sport and can offer:

  • Rowing and sculling in “bubbles” of six
  • Six distanced and ventilated erg stations
  • Two distanced weights stations
  • A large fleet of 11 singles, 9 pairs/doubles and 12 fours/quads
  • A strong boat buying program. In the last two year we have bought: a Filippi 8+, a Filippi 4+, a Filippi 4x/-, two Filippi 2x/-, two Fluidesign 1x and 1 Kangua 1x
  • A coaching program developed with and mentored by Robin Williams, MBE
  • On-line professionally run S&C sessions
  • We also have access to a sports psychologist and nutritional experts

Last weekend saw Robin Williams, MBE return to City of Cambridge to work with our coaching team. Over the course of the day he worked with six of the club’s coaches and ran an erg coaching session.

The initiative is part of the club’s drive to unify our coaching style and “coach the coaches” to a gold medal standard. If you are a coach, rower or cox and want to be part of our growth story then get in touch! #redbluegrowingGold

Take a look at a small segment of the erg coaching here: https://youtu.be/n2RqnL8z2vs